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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration

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  • LESSON I
  • LESSON II
  • LESSON III
  • LESSON IV
  • LESSON V
  • LESSON VI
  • LESSON VII
  • LESSON VIII
  • LESSON IX
  • LESSON X
  • LESSON XI
  • LESSON XII
  • LESSON XIII
  • LESSON XIV
  • LESSON XV
  • LESSON XVI
  • LESSON XVII
  • LESSON XVIII
  • LESSON XIX
  • LESSON XX

The Power of Concentration

By: Theron

Q. Dumont (a pseudonym of William Walker Atkinson)

Published in 1917 by

Advanced Thought Publishing Co. Chicago, Illinois
Also author of; "Personal Magnetism"; "Practical Memory Training"; "Mental Therapeutics"; "Successful Salesmanship"; "Master Mind"; and many others (see biography for more info)
1862-1932

INDEX
Introduction: LESSON I LESSON II LESSON III LESSON IV LESSON V LESSON VI LESSON VII LESSON VIII LESSON IX LESSON X LESSON XI LESSON XII LESSON XIII LESSON XIV LESSON XV LESSON XVI INTRODUCTORY CONCENTRATION FINDS THE WAY THE SELF-MASTERY: SELF-DIRECTION POWER OF CONCENTRATION HOW TO GAIN WHAT YOU WANT THROUGH CONCENTRATION CONCENTRATION, THE SILENT FORCE THAT PRODUCES RESULTS IN ALL BUSINESS HOW CONCENTRATED THOUGHT LINKS ALL HUMANITY TOGETHER THE TRAINING OF THE WILL TO DO THE CONCENTRATED MENTAL DEMAND CONCENTRATION GIVES MENTAL POISE CONCENTRATION CAN OVERCOME BAD HABITS BUSINESS RESULTS THROUGH CONCENTRATION CONCENTRATE ON COURAGE CONCENTRATE ON WEALTH YOU CAN CONCENTRATE, BUT WILL YOU? THE ART OF CONCENTRATING BY MEANS OF PRACTICAL EXERCISES CONCENTRATE SO YOU WILL NOT FORGET HOW CONCENTRATION CAN FULFILL YOUR DESIRE

LESSON XVII IDEALS DEVELOPED BY CONCENTRATION LESSON XVIII MENTAL CONTROL THROUGH CREATION LESSON XIX LESSON XX A CONCENTRATED WILL DEVELOPMENT CONCENTRATION REVIEWED

INTRODUCTORY
We all know that in order to accomplish a certain thing we must concentrate. It is of the utmost value to learn how to concentrate. To make a success of anything you must be able to concentrate your entire thought upon the idea you are working out. Do not become discouraged, if you are unable to hold your thought on the subject very long at first. There are very few that can. It seems a peculiar fact that it is easier to concentrate on something that is not good for us, than on something that is beneficial. This tendency is overcome when we learn to concentrate consciously. If you will just practice a few concentration exercises each day you will find you will soon develop this wonderful power. Success is assured when you are able to concentrate for you are then able to utilize for your good all constructive thoughts and shut out all the destructive ones. It is of the greatest value to be able to think only that which will be beneficial. Did you ever stop to think what an important part your thoughts, concentrated thoughts, play in your life? This book shows their far reaching and all abiding effects. These lessons you will find very practical. The exercises I have thoroughly tested. They are arranged so that you will notice an improvement from the very start, and this will give you encouragement. They point out ways in which you can help yourself. Man is a wonderful creature, but he must be trained and developed to be useful. A great work can be accomplished by every man if he can be awakened to do his very best. But the greatest man would not accomplish much if he lacked concentration and effort. Dwarfs can often do the work of giants when they are transformed by the almost magic power of great mental concentration. But giants will only do the work of dwarfs when they lack this power. We accomplish more by concentration than by fitness; the man that is apparently best suited for a place does not always fill it best. It is the man that concentrates on its every possibility that makes an art of both his work and his life. All your real advancement must come from your individual effort.

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This course of lessons will stimulate and inspire you to achieve success; it will bring you into perfect harmony with the laws of success. It will give you a firmer hold on your duties and responsibilities. The methods of thought concentration given in this work if put into practice will open up interior avenues that will connect you with the everlasting laws of Being and their exhaustless foundation of unchangeable truth. As most people are very different it is impossible to give instructions that will be of the same value to all. The author has endeavored in these lessons to awaken that within the soul which perhaps the book does not express. So study these lessons as a means of awakening and training that which is within yourself. Let all your acts and thoughts have the intensity and power of concentration. To really get the full benefit of these lessons you should read a page, then close the book and thoughtfully recall its ideas. If you will do this you will soon cultivate a concentrated mental habit, which will enable you to read with ordinary rapidity and remember all that you read.

LESSON I
CONCENTRATION FINDS THE WAY Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance and the other wants to pull us back. The one that we cultivate and concentrate on decides what we are at the end. Both natures are trying to gain control. The will alone decides the issue. A man by one supreme effort of the will may change his whole career and almost accomplish miracles. You may be that man. You can be if you Will to be, for Will can find a way or make one. I could easily fill a book, of cases where men plodding along in a matter-of-fact way, were all at once aroused and as if awakening from a slumber they developed the possibilities within them and from that time on were different persons. You alone can decide when the turning point will come. It is a matter of choice whether we allow our diviner self to control us or whether we will be controlled by the brute within us. No man has to do anything he does not want to do. He is therefore the director of his life if he wills to be. What we are to do, is the result of our training. We are like putty, and can be completely controlled by our will power. Habit is a matter of acquirement. You hear people say: "He comes by this or that naturally, a chip off the old block," meaning that he is only doing what his parents did. This is quite often the case, but there is no reason for it, for a person can break a habit just the moment he masters the "I will." A man may have been

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a "good-for-nothing" all his life up to this very minute, but from this time on he begins to amount to something. Even old men have suddenly changed and accomplished wonders. "I lost my opportunity," says one. That may be true, but by sheer force of will, we can find a way to bring us another opportunity. There is no truth in the saying that opportunity knocks at our door but once in a lifetime. The fact is, opportunity never seeks us; we must seek it. What usually turns out to be one man's opportunity, was another man's loss. In this day one man's brain is matched against another's. It is often the quickness of brain action that determines the result. One man thinks "I will do it," but while he procrastinates the other goes ahead and does the work. They both have the same opportunity. The one will complain of his lost chance. But it should teach him a lesson, and it will, if he is seeking the path that leads to success. Many persons read good books, but say they do not get much good out of them. They do not realize that all any book or any lesson course can do is to awaken them to their possibilities; to stimulate them to use their will power. You may teach a person from now until doom's day, but that person will only know what he learns himself. "You can lead him to the fountain, but you can't make him drink." One of the most beneficial practices I know of is that of looking for the good in everyone and everything, for there is good in all things. We encourage a person by seeing his good qualities and we also help ourselves by looking for them. We gain their good wishes, a most valuable asset sometimes. We get back what we give out. The time comes when most all of us need encouragement; need buoying up. So form the habit of encouraging others, and you will find it a wonderful tonic for both those encouraged and yourself, for you will get back encouraging and uplifting thoughts. Life furnishes us the opportunity to improve. But whether we do it or not depends upon how near we live up to what is expected of us. The first of each month, a person should sit down and examine the progress he has made. If he has not come up to "expectations" he should discover the reason, and by extra exertion measure up to what is demanded next time. Every time that we fall behind what we planned to do, we lose just so much for that time is gone forever. We may find a reason for doing it, but most excuses are poor substitutes for action. Most things are possible. Ours may be a hard task, but the harder the task, the greater the reward. It is the difficult things that really develop us, anything that requires only a small effort, utilizes very few of our faculties, and yields a scanty harvest of achievement. So do not shrink from a hard task, for to accomplish one of these will often bring us more good than a dozen lesser triumphs. I know that every man that is willing to pay the price can be a success. The price is not in money, but in effort. The first essential quality for success is the desire to do - to be something. The next thing is to learn how to do it; the next to

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so to speak." He knows that the only way they will happen is by sticking to a proposition and seeing it through. of some value in all cases. So the man that wants to be successful must be liberal. That is the only secret of why some succeed and others fail. Their minds only have to be turned from despair to hope to make them regain their hold. Some day I hope to see a millionaire philanthropist start a school for the training of failures. but he has learned that results can only be produced by untiring concentrated effort. he must be well posted not only in one branch of his business but in every part of it. Such a man will always be in demand. that through some sorrow or misfortune had become discouraged. All they need to be shown is that there is within them an omnipotent source that is ready to aid them. I trust that in the near future. he does not possess any more talent than others. hard worker and never the timid. for he establishes the reputation of being a hustler. achieved results in some line. He is placed there because of his reputation of putting vigor and virility into his efforts. be foreign to this particular case. providing they will make use of it. Such a man achieves success. I am sure he could not put his money to a better use. An untried man is seldom put in a position of responsibility and power. uncertain. The man that is chosen at the crucial time is not usually a genius. Don't see how little you can do. The man that is a failure gets used to seeing failure. but is. or taken the lead in his department. It is really a shame that so many men and women. At first all they need is a little help to get them back on their feet. He could have agencies on the lookout for men that had lost their grip on themselves." in business do not just "happen. but how much you can do. but usually they get a knock downwards instead. plucky. nevertheless. The man that reaches the top is the gritty. Learn all you can. The successful man gets used to seeing things accomplished and always feels sure of success. that may. The man selected is one that has done something. that had through indisposition weakened their will. someone will heed the opportunity of using some of his millions in arousing men that have begun to falter. rich in ability and talent. The secret of success is to try always to improve yourself no matter where you are or what your position. he must acquire all the knowledge that he can. are allowed to go to waste. The result is that their latent powers never develop and both they and the world are the losers. The man that is the best able to accomplish anything is the one with a broad mind.carry it into execution. In a year's time the science of practical psychology could do wonders for him. the man that has acquired knowledge. and because he has previously shown that he has pluck and determination. slow worker. It is my opinion that with the right kind of training every man could be a success. There is always room for him because progressive firms never let a hustler leave their employment if they can help it. -5- . That "miracles. it is true. expects it and attracts it to him.

that should interfere with one becoming successful. Keep on with the journey. Really none can do this for you. He will get little encouragement or advice of an inspiring nature. if you but give it the chance. and resolve to conquer your weaknesses and vices. but lack of health. will power is a better asset than money. There is only one way to accomplish anything and that is to go ahead and do it. The "smaller" the man the greater the obstacle appears. Just take one big brace. but there are few that will put forward the needed effort to make the necessary sacrifice to secure it. They can encourage you.When a man loses his grip today. may be poor today and wealthy in a few years. they managed to exist somehow until they perfected their inventions. Don't let the rough places put you out of commission. He must usually regain the right road alone. There is no other handicap that you should not be able to overcome. Will will carry you over chasms of failure. Everyone really wants to do something. The men that have risen to the highest positions have usually had to gain their victories against big odds. Obstacles are quickly overcome by the man that sets out to accomplish his heart's desire. Just the way you weather the storm shows what material you are made of. all that it is necessary to do is to use more determination and grit and will. but think how nice the pleasant stretches were. Do not let a setback stop you. The man with grit and will. Never sit down and complain of the rough places. if he just sets his heart on doing it and lets nothing interfere with his progress. make firm resolutions. A man may accomplish almost anything today. he must win his redemption by his own will. Don't expect anyone to help you. Today we must conquer our weakening tendencies alone. Do not expect that you will always have easy sailing. -6- . which afterwards greatly helped in bettering the condition of others. Parts of your journey are likely to be rough. yet. I can think of nothing. the smaller the obstacle appears. Very often they did not have the bare necessities of life. Usually they have been very much misunderstood by relatives and friends. To overcome a handicap. View with delight the smooth plains that are in front of you. The "bigger" the man. Think of the hardships many of our inventors have gone through before they became a success. and it will give you the needed courage for their conquest. that is all. Think of it as a mere incident that has to be overcome before you can reach your goal. by sheer determination and resolute courage. He must stop dissipating his energies and turn his attention to building a useful career. Always look at the advantage you gain by overcoming obstacles.

thoughts. restless. emotions and passions have full swing to do as they please and the mind becomes impulsive. Therefore you cannot learn to concentrate until you develop those very powers that qualify you to be able to concentrate. the person always lacks the power of mental concentration. not because the mind is necessarily weak in the autonomic department of the faculties.DIRECTION POWER OF CONCENTRATION Man from a psychological standpoint of development is not what he should be. both in a mental and physical sense. "Deficiency of the motor centers. "An impulsive and emotional mind. Every balanced mind possesses the faculties whose chief duties are to engineer. direct and concentrate the operations of the mind. appetites." 3. actions and habits of the person suffer from lack of regulation. but because the mind is not properly trained. He has not trained himself in a way to promote his self-mastery. emotions. So if you cannot concentrate one of the following is the cause: 1. etc. -7- . He does not possess the self-mastery. The impulsive and emotional state of mind can best be corrected by restraining anger. passions. It is easiest to correct. When the self-guiding faculties are weak in development. and the procedure of mental concentration is not good. It is impossible to concentrate when you are in any of these excited states. This is what makes mental concentration poor. Man must learn to control not only his mind but his bodily movements. strong impulses." The last fault can soon be removed by systematic practice. hatred. "An untrained mind.LESSON II THE SELF. When the controlling faculties (autonomic) are in an untrained condition." 2. fretfulness. the impulses. the self-directing power of concentration that is his by right. passion and excitement. emotional and irregular in its action. When the self-regulating faculties are not developed the impulses. intense emotions.MASTERY: SELF.

"I want to. is weak. Only the trained -8- . as you continue to do so. but this is not so. But the person that can center his mind on any problem. you will not be able to concentrate. the impulses and the emotions. He wastes his energies. Through concentration a person is able to collect and hold his mental and physical energies at work. though not concentrating. able to pilot yourself to success. think. also the mind that cannot draw itself from a subject or thought is weak. If you waste your time reading sensational stories or worthless newspaper items. Correcting the deficiency of the motor centers is harder because as the person's brain is undeveloped he lacks will power. acts and plans. Those that are in a negative state a good deal of the time cannot. talk and act aimlessly. as a rule. Concentration. To be able to concentrate you must possess strength of mind. because of lack of will. until in time you can engineer your every thought. and. All kinds of development commence with close attention. Their power of concentration becomes weaker and they find it difficult to concentrate on anything. I will. you use the faculties of autonomy. "The Master Mind. or absence of mind." * Many have the idea that when they get into a negative state they are concentrating. last and all the time.These can be naturally decreased by avoiding such food and drinks as have nerve weakening or stimulating influences. They may be meditating. A concentrated mind pays attention to thoughts. it is a very good practice to watch and associate with those persons that are steady. calm. They very often injure the brain. and this means you are weakening your power of concentration. If you work. you improve your faculties. When you commence to watch yourself and your own acts and also the acts of other people. you excite the impulsive and the emotional faculties. means strength of mind. or a tendency to stir up the passions. The person who allows his mind to roam at will will never accomplish a great deal in the world. The mind that cannot center itself on a special subject. concentrate very well. You concentrate at the moment when you say. they develop instead abstraction of the mind. and remove any unharmonious impressions has strength of mind. and allow your brain to wander from your subject to foreign fields. To cure this takes some time. You will not be a free engineer. first. wish and plan. controlled and conservative. The person that is feeble-minded cannot concentrate his mind. Persons so afflicted may benefit by reading and studying my course. words. To be able to focalize the mind on the object at hand in a conscious manner leads to concentration." Some Mistakes Some People Make. or thought. I can. no matter what it is. You should regulate your every thought and feeling. Concentration of the mind can only be developed by watching yourself closely. if they keep up this state.

wishes. The more self-poised you are the better will your concentration be. Notice how he moves his eyes. These movements all break down the vital cells and lessen the person's power in vital and nerve directions. To hold a thought before it until all the faculties shall have had time to consider that thought is concentration. In this day the man that gets excited and irritable should be looked upon as an undesirable person. but keep your own plans before you. -9- . Some one opens all the valves and the train stops. He shuts out everything else. arms. fingers. because you are better able to govern yourself and centralize your mind. If you want to use your full amount of steam. Center your mind on one purpose. feelings and wishes. Watch and see what a perfect control he has over his body. He is not a master of his mind.mind can focalize. plans. and thereby gains power to control others. It is just as important for you to conserve your nervous forces as it is the vital forces. the more you improve your concentration. As an example we see an engine going along the track very smoothly. the greater are your possibilities. Do not let your attention wander or be diverted. He can make his every move serve a useful end and every thought a noble purpose. The person of good breeding now speaks with slowness and deliberation. But the person that can direct his energies and hold them at work in a concentrated manner controls his every work and act. It is the same with you. you must close your valves and direct your power of generating mental steam toward one end. He is cultivating more and more of a reposeful attitude. He is consciously attentive and holds his mind to one thing at a time. Then I want you to watch just an ordinary person. The person that cannot direct his thoughts. Give no heed to anything else. When he becomes irritated. When you are talking to anyone give him your sole and undivided attention. Unless you do. Concentration means success. resolutions and studies cannot possibly succeed to the fullest extent. Watch his every move. remember. you will waste your energy and not accomplish as much as you should. a man of force. The person that is impulsive one moment and calm the next has not the proper control over himself. Concentrate your strength upon the purpose you are talking about. notice the useless expenditure of energy. but make your will and intellect act in unison. one plan. one transaction. you become more in earnest in what you do and this almost invariably improves your chances for success. and. If not. When you are talking to a person have your own plans in mind. Start out in the morning and see how self-poised you can remain all day. see that you do tomorrow. Such a person cannot be a success. I want you to watch the next person you see that has the reputation of being a strong character. Never be in too much of a hurry. nor of his thoughts. At times take an inventory of your actions during the day and see if you have kept your determination. he irritates others and spoils all chances of any concerned doing their best.

The person that cannot control himself and keep from becoming excited cannot concentrate. This is why an irritable person is never magnetic. it accomplishes the purpose. each one is pulsating an intelligent force of some kind. thoughts. This is why all kind of excitement is bad. but if it goes off before you are ready for it. lack the power to concentrate. This is the reason why persons who drink strong drinks. The best way to understand it is to compare it with the discharge of a gun. If the gun goes off when you want it to. confuses. wilful. he does not develop those finer qualities that a real gentleman possesses. bones. other times very little. who sing and dance and thus develop their emotions. Just as it is impossible for a steam engine to run with all its valves open. feet. and each one of these has a center where life and energy are stored up and generated. who fight. Their energy works by spells.10 - . sarcasm and excitement weaken a person in this direction. If this energy is not wasted but conserved and controlled. That is just what most persons do. who are sudden. systematic and concentrated mind. all the energy of every microscopic cell is directed into one channel and then there is a powerful personal influence generated. excitable persons can concentrate. Any exercise or work that excites the mind.There is nothing that uses up nerve force so quickly as excitement. are agents for carrying out the mandates of the mind. hands and nerves. the result will be magnetism. Sometimes dogmatic. your thoughts and motions. easily wasted. ligaments. sometimes they have plenty. and when this force. vehement and emotional. Anger. who eat stimulating food. because he uses up his nerve forces and his vital energies. who allow themselves to get into fits of temper. weakens the power of concentration. When the mind can properly concentrate. Just for that reason. The muscles. he is never admired or loved. are kept in cheek by a conservative. it is easily excited. if you throw a voluntary control over these messages. The sole purpose of the volitional faculties is to move the physical mechanism as the energy travels along the wires of nerves and muscles. emotions. this person is influential. you will not only waste ammunition. stimulates the senses. but when it is the opposite.. But those whose actions are slower and directed by their intelligence develop concentration. so is it impossible for you to waste your energy and run at your top speed. etc. vitality and health. Everyone possesses many millions of little trembling cells. Each neuron in the gray layers of the brain is a psychic center of thought and action. physical movements and over these physical instruments you develop your faculties of self-mastery and to the extent you succeed here in proportion will you develop the power of concentration. erratic concentration instead of controlled and uniform concentration. impulses. but it is spasmodic. The person that allows himself to get excited will become nervous in time. calls the emotions and appetites into action. he is not influential or successful. but it is also likely to do some damage. They allow their energy to . terrifies or emotionalizes.

when your mind dwells on love. just think whether by doing it you will grow or deteriorate. erratic thoughts. Such persons are never well liked and never will be until they gain control over themselves. just like the lens of the camera centralizes on a certain landscape. no matter what it is. but they must also have the engineer. They have the machine. trees. and play when you play. Therefore always hold your mind on what you are doing. This is a good idea to keep always in mind. and regulate their emotions and movements." When you give yourself up to pleasure you can develop concentration by thinking of nothing else but pleasure.explode. When you walk out into the country and inhale the fresh air.11 - . and act accordingly. you develop much power. although that is no small matter. and still later the following one. When you see that you are at your place of business at a certain time each morning you are developing steadiness of habit and becoming systematic.. but whenever you fix your mind on a certain thought and hold your mind on it at successive intervals. more love. a little late the next. They must completely overcome their sudden. etc. By what you do you either advance or degenerate. and to keep them up for some time. and its wonderful possibilities. deep breaths. It will be necessary for them to practice many different kinds of concentration exercises. When you concentrate your mind on the "you" or real self. They waste their power. studying vegetation. All work assists in development. If you hold your mind on some chosen object. When you are uncertain whether you should do something or not. think of nothing but this and you will find you can develop a more intense love than you ever had before. not simply for the improvement of health. Most all persons have all the dynamic energy they need if they would concentrate it. you are not developing concentration. I am a firm believer in "work when you work. All work assists in development. you are concentrating. By doing this systematically. more life. you develop concentration. and direct and keep the energies at work. . The person that does not develop his engineering qualities will not accomplish much in life. but also for the purpose of developing more power. The lower area of the brain is the store house of the energy. Keep a careful watch over yourself. you centralize your attention. The good engineer controls his every act. directing power. you develop concentration and a higher opinion of yourself. because you cannot be systematic without concentrating on what you are doing. If you form the habit of being on time one morning. thus not only wasting it but endangering others. or they will not go very far. The engineer is the self-regulating. for unless you do your improvement will be very slow. their magnetism and so injure their chance of success. They must from morning to night train the mind to be steady. Practice inhaling long.

prolonged exhalations are of wonderful value. Watch your breathing when you harbor hate. When you put this feeling into your hand shake it shows personality. which. When you shake hands in a listless way. fingers. freakish and fitful. you will find that the nature is also. There is a thrill that goes through both when the two currents meet. When there is no love. this is another reason why it is important to control his breathing. or read their biographies. Besides learning from what they have to say. The slow. the heart action. This is why controlled breathing is very important as a foundation for physical health. The hand quickly shows when love is being aroused. the circulation is not regular. You will develop much quicker if you thoroughly realize this. the mind becomes unsteady and not fit for concentration. It is much easier to talk than it is to listen. each having an intelligence of its own. lack of force and power of personality. Watch how you breathe when you are happy. When the hand grip is very weak and stiff. you will find that they usually let the others do the talking. watch how you breathe and you will learn a valuable lesson. They steady the circulation. you may develop both mental and physical concentration. in other words. life loses its charm. When you shake hands with some one just think of your hand as containing hundreds of individual minds. When the hand shake is just the opposite.. This is why you should study the art of hand shaking and develop your social affections. a hateful disposition.12 - . Therefore you understand how important exercises that steady the nerves and muscles are in developing concentration. but let your nerves get out of order and your mind will become erratic and you will not possess the power of direction. the person has little love in his nature. When you steady your nerves and muscles. ears and fingers. There is no better exercise for concentration than to pay close attention when some one is talking. but you must not forget that the mind is associated with muscle and nerve. deep. etc. The loveless person is non-magnetic and he shows that he is by his non-magnetic hand shake. Watch how you breathe when you feel in love . and when the lung action is uneven. A person that loves his kind reflects love. The person with a bad nature. Everyone is continually receiving impulses that must be directed and controlled if one is to lead a successful life. That is the reason why a person must control the movements of his eyes.You may think it foolish to try to develop concentration by taking muscular exercises. muscles and nerves of the mind. Love arouses the opposite currents of the positive and negative natures. You must not only concentrate your mind. When two developed souls shake hands. is concentration. evil thoughts and feeling is erratic. feet. When you allow yourself to become irritable. If you have ever associated with big men. but also the action of the eyes. but a person that hates reflects hate. Each of these contain miniature minds that are controlled by the master engineer. it denotes timidity. their clasps are never light. you steady your mind. If the heart flutters. no passion and no magnetism.

feet. your mind is steady. Any exercises that give you better control of the ears. the mind is composed. Do this at all times. eyes. assume a reposeful attitude before them. but this does not say they are able to concentrate. Many people who seem to lack ambition have sluggish minds. nervous or weak. angry. fretful. its actions are the same. So arouse your love affections by your will and enter into a fuller life. Unless you have real affection for something. no sweetness. The next time you feel yourself becoming irritable. Keep from either raising or lowering your voice and concentrate on the fact that you are determined to keep your poise. When you meet people of some consequence. you have no sentiment. Because actions are the expressions of the mind. Watch both them and yourself. just control yourself and speak slowly and clearly. They are steady. mentally and socially. It will help you to keep patient if you will breathe slowly and deeply. because irritable. Love can be concentrated in your hand shake. patient and seemingly have good control. When filled with good thoughts. no magnetism. If you want to get more out of life you must think more of love. If you feel yourself getting irritable. you breathe a plentiful supply of oxygen into your lungs and love fills your soul. but it must be steady and controlled. slow and listless. use your will and be patient. when we study his actions. for. Concentration means control of the mind and body. You cannot secure control over one without the other. If you find you are commencing to speak fast. unsteady. stand squarely on your feet with your chest up and inhale deeply and you will see that your irritability will disappear and a silent calm will pass over you. If it is uneasy. If you are in the habit of associating with nervous. dogmatic and disagreeable people will weaken what powers of resistance you have. so is the action. when your eye is steady. Breathe deeply when you are happy and you will gain life and strength.13 - . and this is one of the best ways to influence another. because they . and you will improve your power of concentration. fingers. restless. we are studying his mind. you will steady your mind and you will develop your power of concentration and become magnetic and powerful. Static exercises develop the motor faculties and increase the power of concentration. quit it until you grow strong in the power of concentration. help you to steady your mind. One of the best ways to study a person is to watch his physical movements. physically. The hand of love always magnetizes. When it is composed.with the whole world and noble emotions thrill you. inactive. This is a very good exercise in self-control. erratic. These people are indolent. irritable people. Love develops a person. As the mind is.

There is nothing that holds the faculties at work in a sustained and continuous manner as static exercises do. Again receiving an unsatisfactory answer the determined buyer consults the manager and finally he finds where the article can be bought. he must develop it. So never merely wish. as stated before. A man may be very capable. Feel that you can accomplish anything you undertake. will depend upon you concentrating to have that desire fulfilled. and strive with all your might to do it. We hear so much talk about the benefit of physical culture. The natural person is internally strong. make a mental picture of what you want and set your will to this until it materializes. I will give an illustration." But the man that is determined to get that thing inquires if he doesn't know where he can get it. but his energy. If a person does not have energy. Many undertake to do things. unless he Wills to control his abilities. Wishing you had something shows a weakness and not a belief that you will really get it. Every desire can be gratified. Their actions are steady because they possess little energy. your soul is a center of all-power. Be careful of your desires. you are gaining control over the mind. remember. thoughts and physical movements are well under his control. LESSON III HOW TO GAIN WHAT YOU WANT THROUGH CONCENTRATION The ignorant person may say. and you will succeed. they do not lose control because they have little force to control. For. The clerk says. That is the whole secret of concentrating on getting what you want.lack energy. energetic and forceful. as we are not living in a "fairy age. when you learn to control the body. and you can accomplish what you . A man goes to a store for an article. we have not it. but. both mental and physical. And. Never allow yourself to drift without helm or rudder. "How can you get anything by merely wanting it? I say that through concentration you can get anything you want. force and strength.14 - . They have no temper and it therefore cannot disturb them. but feel when they start they are going to fail and usually they do. Know what you want to do. "I am sorry. they will not do him any good. but the real benefit of this is really lost sight of. If he has energy which he cannot direct and hold to a point he must learn to do so. But whether it is. Merely wishing for something will not bring it." You use up just as much brain force in "vain imaginings" as you do when you think of something worth while.

for when you do this you awaken those thought powers or forces. Anything that is right is possible. You must. or of all power. and the organism that represents you is able to conquer the whole world if your cause is absolutely just. and whether it is important depends upon you.Emerson." Each night after supper he would say. I demand . insures permanent results." -. You have the latent faculties and forces to subdue anything that tries to interfere with your plans." or in plain words. "Son. His father told him never to tell anyone what that "P" stood for. Note: Success today depends largely on concentrating on the Interior law of force. Just realize this and the rest is easy. A good deal of fun was made of it by his associates. I know a man that is now head of a large bank. when used in business. "Power to him who power exerts. The man that sticks to something is not the man that fails. that `P' is a reminder that some day you are to be the president of your bank. Every day do something that will put you nearer your goal. He started there as a messenger boy. This God within is my all sufficient strength and ever present help in time of trouble. Concentrate on doing something really worth while. and he did. The harder my trials. You can do anything that is proper and you want to do.will to. Just say: You can. You make your own place. "Son. what did you do today?" In this way the thought was always kept in mind. This interior reliance is all sufficient. His father had a button made for him with a "P" on it and put it on his coat. That which is necessary will inevitably take place. And they tried to find out what it stood for. My soul is unconquerable. Until you are able to do this you have not reached your limit in the use of your forces. though the whole world thinks it to be wrong. but they never did until he was made president and then he told the secret. If something is right it is your duty to do it. Don't say I wish I was a great man. The more difficulties the greater its triumphs through me. which. Don't waste your mental powers in wishes. I want you to keep this thought in your mind. The right must prevail. "I'll find a way or make one!" is the spirit that wins. He concentrated on becoming president of that bank.15 - . I am ready for them. that omnipotent interior law which is God. Don't dissipate your energies by trying to satisfy every whim. This great universe is interwoven with myriads of forces. I represent the Infinite law of force. Let all else fail me. Through the Indestructible and Unconquerable Law you can in time accomplish all right things and therefore do not be afraid to undertake whatever you really desire to accomplish and are willing to pay for in effort. You will. the faster I go in the development of my inherent strength. "Let the troubles and responsibilities of life come thick and fast. He said. "God and one are always a majority.

you will realize how important the control of your thoughts are. A thought of fear has turned a person's hair gray in a night. By thought you can greatly increase your efficiency and strength. THE SILENT FORCE THAT PRODUCES RESULTS IN ALL BUSINESS I want you first to realize how powerful thought is. your friends. and you are sure to absorb some of the latter if you do not build up a positive mental attitude. from which practically no blood escaped. If you will study the needless moods of anxiety. He consented.wisdom and power to know and follow the right. others bad. It all shows in their faces. worry. When I walk along the street and study the different people's faces I can tell how they spent their lives. The room was darkened. I now draw nearer to it. The next morning he was dead through mental fear. The two above illustrations will give you a little idea of the power of thought. They wanted to see how much blood a person could lose and still live. Evil thoughts are destructive. The understanding of the power of thought will awaken possibilities within you that you never dreamed of. and as your thoughts change these will also. Is this not a practical lesson to learn? Good thoughts are constructive. You are surrounded by all kinds of thoughts. They arranged that blood would apparently drop from a cut made in his leg." LESSON IV CONCENTRATION. Never forget that your thoughts are making your environment. Through concentrated thought power you can make yourself whatever you please. A prisoner condemned to die was told that if he would consent to an experiment and lived through it he would be freed. My higher self is all wise. Your thoughts make you what you are. just like a mirror reflects their physical countenances. To thoroughly realize the power of thought is worth a great deal to you. and how to make them valuable. and the prisoner thought the dropping he heard was really coming from his leg. despondency. . discouragement and others that are the result of uncontrolled thoughts. to understand that your thoughts come to you over invisible wires and influence you.16 - . In looking in those faces I cannot help thinking how most of the people you see have wasted their lives. The desire to do right carries with it a great power. some good. I want you to thoroughly realize the importance of your thoughts. The cut made was very slight.

A spiritual power is always available to your thought.If your thoughts are of a high nature. Such thoughts of Right and Good Will bring you into harmony with people that amount to something in the world and that are able to give you help if you should need it. You meet a person and his attitude creates a suspicion in you. By concentration you can revolutionize your life. and when you are worthy you can attract all the good things without a great effort on your part. as nearly everyone does at times. accomplish infinitely more and without a great effort. "Have no dealings with him. The sun's rays shine down on our gardens. These forces work silently. It is necessary to be silent before you can speak wisely. for if you do. In order to speak wisely you must secure at least a partial concentration of the faculties and forces upon the subject at hand. The person that is really alert and well poised and able to speak wisely under trying . "You reap what you sow. Therefore be careful of your thoughts. literally driving away the very things they seek. Look within yourself and you will find the greatest machine ever made. but something tells you. The chances are you cannot tell why. and the silent forces of high potency are evolved. you will bring tricky people to deal with you. Your life will be molded by the thoughts you have. They accept each other according to instinct which can usually be relied on. As you gain the good will of others your confidence and strength will increase. who will try to cheat you. You can now see why it is so important to concentrate your thoughts in the proper channels." Thoughts produce actions. You will soon learn the wonderful value of your thoughts and how serene you can become even when circumstances are the most trying. When two people meet they have not the time to look each other up. If your thoughts are tricky. as it withdraws the attention to the external and therefore is hardly to be compared with that deep silence of the subconscious mind. you become connected with people of the same mental caliber and you are able to help yourself. where deep thoughts. but we can plant trees that will interfere with the sun light. There are invisible forces ready to help you if you do not think and act to intercept these. If your thoughts are right kind." You have concentrated within powers that if developed will bring you happiness greater than you can even imagine. Most people go rushing through life. you will inspire confidence in those with whom you are dealing.17 - . you will be sorry. Speech interferes with the focusing powers of the mind. How to Speak Wisely. It is very necessary that people should have confidence in you.

Success is the result of certain moods of mind or ways of thinking.circumstances. which links all humanity together. The barriers that shut these off from you are subject to your control. or beyond the vibratory sounds to which our external ears are attuned. you create new desires and these can be gratified. Most people do not know what the silence is and think it is easy to go into the silence. I realize that it is to my self interest to live up to my best. The power to rule lies within you. The barriers that keep you from ruling are also within you. I will live true to my conception of what is right. In the real silence we become attached to that interior law and the forces become silent. is the person that has practiced in the silence. I will show you how to think to be successful. These moods can be controlled by you and produced at will. In the next chapter I will tell you of the mysterious law.18 - . LESSON V HOW CONCENTRATED THOUGHT LINKS ALL HUMANITY TOGETHER It is within your power to gratify your every wish. I will be true to my higher self. At the same time that you break down barriers of limitation new ambitions will be awakened. Hold the thought: In silence I will allow my higher self to have complete control. because they are in a state of high potency. You begin to experience conscious thought constructions. . I demand wisdom so that I may act wisely for myself and others. He who desires to become above the ordinary should open up for himself the interior channels which lead to the absolute law of the omnipotent. This power will never leave you. but will keep urging you on until you reach perfection. These are the barriers of ignorance. You have unlimited power to think and this is the link that connects you with your omniscient source. You have been evolved to what you are from a lowly atom because you possessed the power to think. but this is not so. As you evolve. Success is the result of the way you think. You can only do this by persistently and intelligently practicing thought concentration. by the powers of co operative thought. The power to rule and attract success is within yourself. and chooses for us companionship and friends. Concentrated thought will accomplish seemingly impossible results and make you realize your fondest ambitions.

If you will just realize that through deep concentration you become linked with thoughts of omnipotence. Never stop to think of temporary appearances. in time.19 - . can depend upon ultimate success. When you learn thus how to concentrate and reinforce your thought." The reason this is so is that the Will can make a way if given the chance to secure the assistance of aiding forces. you are in opposition to the omnipotent plans of the universe and deserve to fail. but its true vibrations will interfere with your unjust plans until you are forced back into righteous paths of power. you will have to tear down your thought edifice and build on the true foundation of Right. The more it is developed the higher the way to which it will lead. You may be able seemingly to accomplish results for a time even if your cause is unjust. It is a question to be decided by your will. though the outward appearances may not at first be bright. and instead of having a handicap to work against. But. and you become the master of circumstances and the ruler of your kingdom. though temporarily they may fail. you control your mental creations. The main thing for you to remember is to keep at bay the destructive and opposing forces of fear and anger and their satellites. and see that they are not contrary to the tides of universal justice. . "Where There Is A Will There Is A Way. you will kill out entirely your belief in your limitations and at the same time will drive away all fear and other negative and destructive thought forces which constantly work against you. quiet your fears. It is just as easy to surround your life with what you want as it is with what you don't want. but maintain an unfaltering belief in your ultimate success. they in turn help to mould your physical environment. and. There are no walls to prevent you from getting what you want. There is no power so great as the belief which comes from the knowledge that your thought is in harmony with the divine laws of thought and the sincere conviction that your cause is right. but the results will be temporary. providing you want what is right. All just causes succeed in time. Plans that are not built on truth produce discordant vibrations and are therefore self-destructive. It is a waste of time to do anything else. you avail yourself of the helpful powers of universal currents. drive away all destructive thoughts and uphold the dignity of your moral and spiritual life. In the place of these you will build up a strong assurance that your every venture will be successful. Never try to build until you can build right. if you will base your desires on justice and good will. You may temporarily put aside your desire to do right. If you choose something that is not right. Make your plans carefully. So if you should face the time when everything seems against you.

When you are actually engaged in doing something. When you learn to believe more in the value of thought and its laws you will be led aright and your business gains will multiply. undecided or worried. Truth. for I am not really alone." Soon you will have more courage. their over activity. discouraged. Everything we do. but it is a fact that there are thought currents that unerringly bring thoughts of a similar nature. imagination. aspiration. You can use the same method to brace up your thoughts of desire. in perfect trust that the sun will not cease to shine and bring a generous harvest in one season. When you are in a negative mood the intuitions are more active. it is because you are not receiving the co-operation of the higher powers of your mind. There are forces that can aid the mind that are hardly dreamed of by the average person. I am surrounded by invisible forces that will assist me to remove the unfavorable appearances. trust and assurance. Success. . That is why it is so important to form thoughts of a success nature to attract similar ones. should have the approval of the intuition.20 - . By your Will you can so organize the powers of the mind that your moods change only as you want them to instead of as circumstances affect you. "Be faithful in sowing the thought seeds of success. The following method may assist you in gaining better thought control. ambition. believe in it. When you once learn the laws of thought and think of nothing but Good. angry. expectation. When you are in a negative mood you attract thoughts of similar nature through the law of affinity. their anxieties. you are thinking in the channels you have previously constructed and the work does not have to be done over again. "Do not falter or be afraid. claim it. just say to your faulty determination. So if you lack success. Many persons who think of failure actually attract failure by their worries. If you get anxious. you may think this is all foolishness. The only difference between the fearless man and the fearful one is in his will." It is not always necessary to think of the success of a venture when you are actually engaged in it. If you are unable to control your fears. understanding. for you are not then controlling your thoughts by the will. you will make more progress with less effort than you ever made before. hope for it. serene and bright as if prosperity were yours.When everything looks gloomy and discouraging. his hope. If you have never made a study of this subject. For when the body is inactive the mind is most free to catch new ideas that will further the opportunity you are seeking. These thoughts are bound to bring failure. then is the time to show what you are made of by rejoicing that you can control your moods by making them as calm.

otherwise you set up a habit that it will be hard to overcome. If you allow the mind to wander while you are doing small things." will permeate our lives until we enter into our "birthright in eternity.21 - . He always has plenty to do." Note: The will does not act with clearness. "life and truth and force. So practice accuracy and concentration of thought. The things that we do now would have been a few ages ago impossibilities. It is not difficult to know what you us doing all the time. busy man. decision and promptness unless it is trained to do so. it will be likely to get into mischief and make it hard to concentrate on the important act when it comes. Your faculties cannot be disorganized one minute and organized the next. and also absolute truthfulness and you will soon be able to concentrate. like an electric current. which would make him unhappy. because your faculties have not been in the habit of concentrating. and train yourself to think clearly. This is because they do not observe with sufficient orderliness and accuracy to know what they are doing.I was recently asked if I advised concentrating on what you eat. promptly. It can be compared to electricity because we know it only through its ." The Will To Do is a force that is strictly practical. If despite our discouragement and failures. yet it is difficult to explain just what it is. this will not be clearly photographed upon the sensitized plate of the subjective mind. or what you see while walking. The idea is to be able to control your unimportant acts. If you allow yourself to worry or hurry in what you are doing. There are comparatively few that really know what they are doing every minute of the day. My reply was that no matter what you may be doing. Time does not drag with him. and decisive. if you will just practice concentration and with a reposeful deliberation. LESSON VI THE TRAINING OF THE WILL TO DO The Will To Do is the greatest power in the world that is concerned with human accomplishment and no one can in advance determine its limits. The man that is able to concentrate is the happy. Today the safe maxim is: "All things are possible. He does not have time to think over past mistakes. we claim our great heritage. and you therefore will not be really conscious of your actions. when in practice think of nothing else but that act at the time.

" It is the inner energy which controls all conscious acts. consciously or unconsciously. It is a power we can direct and to just the extent we direct it do we determine our future. and ordinarily was considered weak. When you learn so to use it.cause and effects. It is easier not to do a certain thing than to do it. if it is a righteous desire. This is a weakness of Will Power. All habits. and therefore the way you use your will makes a big difference in your life. There are very few that possess perfectly developed and balanced Will Power. Your will has a connection with all avenues of knowledge. all activities. You know you should do something. If it is not. Rules for Improvement. are the result of what you will to do. one by one. similar to the following: The house of a farmer's wife caught on fire. Genius Is But A Will To Do Little Things With Infinite Pains. use your Will Power to kill out the desire. Almost everything can be accomplished through its proper use. but. Slowness in Making Decisions. all accomplishment. Every time you accomplish any definite act. You probably know of cases where people have shown wonderful strength under some excitement. The vast majority of persons are failures because of the lack of deciding to do a thing . your Will Power becomes a mighty force. It is greater than physical force because it can be used to control not only physical but mental and moral forces. Little Things Well Done Open The Door Of Opportunity For Bigger Things.22 - . What you will to do directs your life forces. crush all obstacles that confront you and secure possession of the coveted Good. Every person possesses some "Will To Do. In this way eradicate your faults. good or bad. The Will accomplishes its greater results through activities that grow out of great concentration in acquiring the power of voluntary attention to such an extent that we can direct it where we will and hold it steadily to its task until our aim is accomplished. but you delay doing it through lack of decision. Study yourself carefully. until you have built up a strong character and personality. You can Will to do anything whether it is right or wrong. summon all your Will Power to your aid. but conscience says to do it. On this occasion she removed things from the house that it later took three men to handle. It was the "Will To Do" that she used to accomplish her task. but those who do easily crush out their weak qualities. Now think whether this would be good for you. you use the principle of the Will. on the other hand. A desire arises. No one was around to help her move anything. Find out your greatest weakness and then use your will power to overcome it. You improve or lower your condition in life by what you will to do. She was a frail woman.

while those that are "getting along" are using their initiative to get greater fullness of life. Don't depend on anyone else to help you. Many go just so far and then give up. Put these suggestions into practice with true earnestness. and your whole life will be completely changed. Never procrastinate. Now. Set the hour you wish to get up and arise exactly at the fixed time. so I can only say "analyze your opportunities and conditions and study your natural abilities. while the coward is despised by all. The Spirit of Perseverance." but carry your plan into execution. Don't make an indefinite plan. they diffuse it through several. Very often we hear the expression. Many have much initiative." Form plans for improvement and then put them into operation. they would have won out. keeps many men from succeeding. You will find this affirmation has a very strengthening effect.23 - . but by making quick decisions on little things you will acquire the ability to make quick decisions in bigger things. as I said before. Practice this for a week or two and notice your improvement. "He seems clever enough. and if you use it. if they had persevered a little longer. They have fallen into the way of imitating others in all that they do.when it should be done. and then don't give up until your object has been accomplished. too. We have to fight our own battles. thereby dissipating it to such an extent that its effect is lost. Develop more determination." Life for them is one continuous grind. Some Special Pointers. but he lacks initiative. You have will power. but instead of concentrating it into one channel. So use it to claim your own. wealth and health. before starting anything you must look ahead and see what the "finish leads to." You must select . Decide quickly one way or the other even at the risk of deciding wrong. and when you start out to do something stick to it until you get results. but a definite one. to give due deliberation to weighty matters. Anything that you should accomplish. You Are as Good as Anyone. don't just say. This power of will can be used to bring culture. Every person's problems are different. of course. An excellent motto for one of pure motives is: Through my will power I dare do what I want to. You want. which is only the Will To Do. There is nothing so responsible for poverty as this lack of initiative. you will get your share of the luxuries of life. All the world loves a fighter. For the next week try to make quicker decisions in your little daily affairs. "I am going to do so and so. Day after day they go through the same monotonous round of duties. and you will soon note astonishing results. The Lack of Initiative. This. Those that are successful have been quick to grasp opportunities by making a quick decision. The spirit of "sticktoitiveness" is the one that wins. do on or ahead of time. whereas. this power to think and do for ourselves. Of course.

and of course does not accomplish anything out of the ordinary. Unless you make proper use of it you have neither independence nor firmness. Don't forget this." you can quickly gain control over it by simple rule of counting backwards. So never think of that person as having a stronger will than yours." you are likely to say things you afterwards regret." Never try to make a decision when you are not in a calm state of mind. What we speak of as will power is but the gathering together of mental energy. There is plenty for all. Persevere until you see yourself as others see you. Just the instant you notice your determination beginning to weaken." as to say. He fluctuates from one opinion to another. Every time you allow your determination to be broken you weaken it. If you have a "quick temper." Just the moment you say the latter you shut off your dynamo. No one can expect to achieve success if he makes decisions when not in full control of his mental forces. The man that has not learned how to use his will rarely decides things for himself. You are unable to control yourself and become a mere machine for others to use.a road that will lead to "somewhere. This is a form of mental energy.24 - . for your life is moulded to great extent by the use you make of your will. but requires the proper mental attitude to make it manifest." The journey must be productive of some kind of substantial results. Lack of Perseverance is nothing but the lack of the Will To Do. "I give up. You don't have to develop will power if you constantly make use of all you have. In this way you can break the "temper habit. If in a "quick temper. Each person will be supplied with just that amount of will power that he demands. It takes the same energy to say. you follow impulse rather than reason." rather than "nowhere. . In anger. I want you to realize that no one has a monopoly on will power. We hear of people having wonderful will power. the concentration power at one point. It would do no harm to write the scene out in story form and then sit in judgment of the character that played your part. It is not so much the start as the finish of a journey that counts. Each little move should bring you nearer the goal which you planned to reach before the enterprise began. It should be said that they use their will power while with many it is a latent force. Special Instructions to Develop the Will To Do. The trouble with so many young men is that they launch enterprises without any end in sight. concentrate on it and by sheer Will Power make it continue on the "job. but allows his resolutions to be changed by others. and your determination is gone. and remember the way in which you use it determines your fate. To count backwards requires concentration." It will do you a lot of good to think over what you said and thought the last time you were angry. while his brother with the trained will takes his place among the world's leaders. It is more important to learn to use your will than to develop your intellect. Therefore make it a fixed rule to make decisions only when at your best. which really is wrong. "I will continue. and you thus quickly regain a calm state.

LESSON VII THE CONCENTRATED MENTAL DEMAND The Mental Demand is the potent force in achievement. Nothing could turn them or influence them against their determination. If developed. When you practice this singleness of concentration until you attain the end sought. He may outdistance the other by only a fraction of an inch. systematized effort. But just as quick as you surpass others by even comparatively small measure. no difficulties to daunt them. is controlled by laws.25 - . You can so intently desire a thing that you can exclude all distracting thoughts. The one that has the greatest intensity of desire will win. So. the engineer gradually extending the throttle to the top notch. if you wish to emerge into prominence. determines action. nor at the start did they seem very well adapted to the conditions which encompassed them. In the beginning they were not considered men of superior genius. It is constantly urging us on to greater achievement. but the one that can put forth the greatest desire force. They never lost sight of their goal. It can. you are classed as one of life's successes. the . yet he gets the laurels. The mental demand must be directed by every power of the mind and every possible element should be used to make the demand materialize. changes our physical condition and regulates our lives. and put forth your best effort. The men that are looked upon as the world's successes have not always been men of great physical power. You want to develop your mental powers so you can effect the thing sought. It is not the runner with the longest legs or the strongest muscles that wins the race. You can best understand this by thinking of an engine. The engine starts up slowly. It is easy to do this if you will but concentrate on what you desire. The more we become acquainted with it the better strategists we become. like all other forces. and that is what I want to teach you. like all other forces. The attitude of the mind affects the expression of the face. you must accomplish something more than the ordinary man or woman. I will not here attempt to explain the silent force that achieves results. but they won their success by their resolution to achieve results in their undertakings by permitting no set-back to dishearten them. The same is true of two runners. it can overcome conditions that would seem insurmountable. This. you have developed a Will capable of accomplishing whatever you wish. In all of us there is this silent force of wonderful power. As long as you can only do the ordinary things you will be counted in the mass of mediocrity. It is then keyed up to its maximum speed. There is wonderful power and possibility in the concentrated Mental Demand. They start off together and gradually they increase their desire to go faster. be wonderfully increased by consecutive.

To demand resolutely is the first step toward getting what you want. It selects the tools and instructs how to use them. perseverance and all the indomitable forces within one will have to be mustered and used with the greatest effectiveness. I have had many such responses to thought and you and your friends have doubtless experienced them. had the experience of having him broach the subject before you had a chance to speak of it? Have you ever. at times. It will guide you when you are uncertain. after planning to discuss a certain matter with a friend. The Mental Demand makes possibilities realities. but it is the mightiest power in the world.more courage we develop and the greater the desire within us for self-expression in activity along many lines. You have a large store house of possibilities. It is a power that is free for you to use. Perseverance is the first element of success. The Mental Demand seems an unreal power because it is intangible. To quit short of this is to weaken all future efforts. But without the consciousness of this inner force. These two things are neither coincidences nor accidents. When you are in doubt it will counsel you. It is the motive power which supplies the energies necessary to the achievement of the purpose. be necessary to use every power of your mind. The Mental Demand is not a visionary one. you will not have a clear vision. No one will ever be a failure if he becomes conscious of this silent force within that controls his destiny. Once this has been formed it should never be allowed to cease to press its claim until its object is attained. When you are in fear it will give you courage. Have you ever. in a letter. No one can use it for you. To make plans work out it will.26 - . . Every time you make a Mental Demand you strengthen the brain centers by drawing to you external forces. Few realize the power of a Mental Demand. It makes you understand the situation. It is the mental resolve that makes achievement possible. which you can use freely without cost. too. It supplies everything necessary for the accomplishment. It is a potent force. and external conditions will not yield to the power of your mind. It requires you to concentrate your thoughts upon your undertaking and bring every energy to bear upon keeping them focused upon it until you have accomplished your aim. The person that never wants anything gets little. It is possible to make your demand so strong that you can impart what you have to say to another without speaking to him. just then walked in or telephoned. Patience. but are the results of mental demand launched by strong concentration. In order to persevere you must be ceaseless in your application. made a suggestion to a friend that he carried out before your letter reached him? Have you ever wanted to speak to a person who.

It brings the fuller life if used for only righteous purposes. after months and years of discouragement. First. can be really successful. independent. Take all the necessary time to build a firm foundation. The Power of Mental Demand can bring us what we want. So whenever you make a mental demand hold steadfastly to it until your need is supplied. It is this subtle power that develops strong personality. you have not made very much of a success of your life. Do not think I over estimate the value of the Mental Demand. remain forever dissatisfied with what he IS doing and with what he HAS accomplished. the supply illimitable. I want to repeat again that Power of Mental Demand is not a visionary one. and force once lost is hard to regain.27 - . Build up in his mind the confidence that enables the mind to use its power. then in accordance with your ability you can gain success. especially the older men. so that there need not be even an element of doubt to creep in. And every man of AVERAGE ability. We are rewarded according to our efforts. The outcome is sure when it is given with a strong resolute determination. We control our own destiny. The mental demand projects itself and causes to materialize the conditions and opportunities needed to accomplish the purpose. of dull plodding. develop in his mind a belief that the word impossible was not intended or him. if he can manage to do just two things. however. We become what we determine to be. Just the moment you entertain "doubt" you lose some of the demand force. Second. but requires a development of the brain centers. It is concentrated power only. suddenly conceive and carry out a . anticipate its fulfillment. will ask: "How can I build up that self-confidence in my brain? How can I. Once you make your demand. HIS OWN MASTER. never let it falter. free of worry. It is this "something" that distinguishes that "man" from other men. If you have not become aware of it. Many. Once the Mental Demand is made.The power of the Mental Demand seems absolute. It is not supernatural power. If you do the current that connects you with your desire is broken. until he recognizes this force within him. It depends upon us. the ordinary man that you see about you. and can be used by you. No person will advance to any great extent. If you want a great deal you must demand a great deal. Note: Get the right mental attitude.

"Peace. For when once you have reached this state there will be no trouble to concentrate on anything you wish. . LESSON VIII CONCENTRATION GIVES MENTAL POISE You will find that the man that concentrates is well poised. When you have peace of mind you are not timid or anxious. When you are able to concentrate you have peace of mind. You cast aside all fears. Littre BEGAN the work that makes him famous when he was more than sixty years old. whereas the man that allows his mind to wander is easily upset. as a manifestation of the "One Universal Principle" that fills all space and time.a monument of learning.plan for doing something that will mike life worth while and change the monotonous routine? "How can a man get out of a rut after he has been in it for years and has settled down to the slow jog-trot that leads to the grave?" The answer is the thing can be done. when the latter was elected to the Academy. Think of yourself thus as a child of the infinite. There must be mental quiet before the two consciousnesses can work in harmony. or rigid and you will not allow any disturbing thought to influence you. form the habit of reading literature that has a quieting power. until you are at peace with all the world. who wrote and compiled the great French dictionary -. There cannot be perfect concentration until there is peace of mind. Just the second you feel your poise slipping. say. One of the names most honored among the great men of France is that of Littre. If you are in the habit of losing your poise. acting peace. possessing infinite possibilities." and then hold this thought in mind and you will never lose your selfcontrol. So keep thinking peace.28 - . and millions have done it. or fearful. When in this state wisdom does not pass from the subconscious storehouse into the consciousness. He is the man whose place among the forty immortals of France was taken by the great Pasteur. and think of yourself as a spark of the Divine Being.

It is a big mistake to let a thought rule you. Just as sure as you do you will be burning the life forces at both ends and the fire will go out much sooner than was intended. you are in the habit of complaining. you must concentrate. When you are unable to get anything out of your mind it becomes unwholesome as any thought held continuously causes weariness of the flesh. For instance if you walked down a busy street without seeing anything that attracted your particular attention. Just remember every time you think of yourself as being weak. This is self-control. and carry your business cares home. or harboring any similar thoughts or thoughts of weakness. or that you cannot rely on yourself. It is involuntary.29 - . Our mental conditions make us what we are. in some way you are making yourself so by thinking you are. These should be cast aside and instead thoughts of strength should be put in their place. This is the wrong kind of concentration and is dangerous. So you see only what attracts your attention. or. your health will suffer. but don't become a slave to concentration. If you work you only see and remember what you think about. instead of ruling it. If they go to the theater they do not enjoy it because their business is on their minds. or finding fault with yourself or others. Just watch yourself and see how much time you waste in worrying. you could not recall anything you saw. or feeling that you are not as good as someone else. imagining that you do not possess the ability of others. The more of it you do the worse off you are." Keep this mentally before you. but unless you pay attention to some certain thing you will not remember what you saw. Many men become so absorbed in their business that when they go to church they do not hear the preacher because their minds are on their business. "I have the power to do and to be whatever I wish to do and be. He who does not rule himself is not a success. fretting and complaining. If you cannot control your concentration. Concentration Is Paying Attention to a Chosen Thought.Write on a piece of paper. We will say for instance. change to thinking of . The Mistake of Concentrating on Your Business While Away. Self-Study Valuable. So never become so absorbed with anything that you cannot lay it aside and take up another. and you will find the thought will be of great help to you. Everything that passes before the eye makes an impression on the subconscious mind. Everyone has some habits that can be overcome by concentration. When they go to bed they think about business instead of sleep and wonder why they don't sleep. Just the minute you are aware of thinking a negative thought immediately change to a positive one. In order to be successful today. If you start to think of failure. When you concentrate on something it absorbs your whole thought.

For he only can That says he will. if you will but concentrate on what you think about. You may fool others but not yourself. You have the germ of success within you. Cultivate the art of feeling. So remember the way you feel you can make others feel. speak and act just as you wish to be. How can we secure concentration? To this question. or centralize your . a quitter or a sleeper. It is latent in everyone. M. The Successful Lives Are the Concentrated Lives.success. the first and last answer must be: By interest and strong motive." You are just what you think you are and not what you may appear to be. And you will be that which you wish to be. others would feel his vibration. wherein to hold rapt converse with the soul. Thought is the directing power of all Life's vibrations. The utterly helpless multitude that sooner or later have to be cared for by charity. D. they would not remember seeing him. a drifter.Eustace Miller. and then they could arouse others' enthusiasm. Easy to do. Cultivate it by concentration. Make yourself a concentrated dynamo from which your thoughts vibrate to others. If you will study all of the great characters of history you will find that they were enthusiastic. If you want to control your life you must first control your thinking. and even if they did.30 - . Meditate with sincere desire and contrite heart and you will be able to accomplish that which you have meditated on. This is the law. But let him enter the room feeling that he was magnetic and concentrating on this thought. First they were enthusiastic themselves. because they were not attracted towards him. and who have become the victims of negative ideas. or you can be a slacker. because you radiate vibrations of the way you feel and your vibrations are felt by others. Care for it the same as the setting hen broods over the eggs and you can make it a reality. Train yourself so you will be able to centralize your thought and develop your brain power. are those that were never able to concentrate. and increase your mental energy. You may control your life and actions just as you can control your hands. If you want to raise your hand you must first think of raising it. This is the keynote of success. You can make those that you come in contact with feel as you do. It all depends on how you concentrate. is it not? Yes it is. All public men to be a success have to possess it. Then you are a power in the world. It is a wonderful force when once aroused. If a person should enter a room with a lot of people and feel as if he were a person of no consequence no one would know he was there unless they saw him. When you concentrate on a certain thing you turn all the rays of your vibrations on this. "Think. Set aside some hour of the day. -. for as I said before you can only make others feel what you feel. The stronger the motive the greater the concentration.

That is the law. Note: If you want to accomplish anything first put yourself in a concentrating. which is never possible when you are in a hurry or under a strain. But if they will just reach out for it with their biggest effort they will find it is within their reach. and they become a material reality. it came to you. In the old days men drifted without concentration but this is a day of efficiency and therefore all of our efforts must be concentrated. . Whatever we create in the thought world will some day materialize.thoughts. but by concentration he shuts out all these but the one he has chosen. In tackling unfamiliar work make haste slowly and deliberately and then you will secure that interior activity. Habit is both a powerful enemy and wonderful ally of concentration. A man starts to think on a certain subject. Why People Often Do Not Get What They Concentrate On. When you "think hard" or try to hurry results too quickly. They all line up together. acquiring frame of mind. Each has his mind set on getting to the goal before the others.31 - . We are what we are today as the result of internal conditions. because we became in rapport with the Universal forces. You have watched races no doubt. LESSON IX CONCENTRATION CAN OVERCOME BAD HABITS Habits make or break us to a far greater extent than we like to admit. He has all kinds of thoughts come to him. Concentration is just a case of willing to do a certain thing and doing it. from which we can get what we want. You pick out the thoughts that will be the means of bringing you what you desire. if we are to win any success worth the name. reposeful. you generally shut off the interior flow of thoughts and ideas. You must learn to overcome habits which are injurious to concentration. We can control the external conditions. You have often no doubt tried hard to think of something but could not. This is one kind of concentration. receptive. Don't forget this. and to cultivate those which increase it. Because they sit down in hopeless despair and expect it to come to them. Your thinking then becomes a fixed power and you do not waste time thinking about something that would not be good for you. They are subject to our will. Through our concentration we can attract what we want. No one limits us but ourselves. but just as soon as you stopped trying to think of it.

" We are liable to be "bent" or "curved" as we can bend a piece of paper. After a habit has been in force for a long time. so far as it has definite form. Our nervous systems are what they are today. and is therefore hard to overcome. it becomes almost a part of you. in their material correlative. You will find that by making a few needed changes you can make even those that are not good for you. emotional. is but a mass of habits -. The first thing I want you to realize is that all habits are governed consciously or unconsciously by the will. and each fold leaves a crease.systematically organized. Now my object in this chapter is to get you to concentrate on your habits so you can find out which are good and which are bad for you. So you see that your habits make a great difference in your life. corresponds a movement in the brain. "imitators and copiers of our past selves. As we grow older most of us become more and more like automatic machines.32 - ." We are creatures of habits. and intellectual -. you will have formed the habit of doing it that way. still they are immersed in matter." This is why habits of thought and habits of willing can be formed.The large majority of people are controlled by their habits and are buffeted around by them like waves of the ocean tossing a piece of wood.practical. you should form only the former. which makes it easier to make the fold there the next time. and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny whatever the latter may be. How much happier everyone would be. The habits we have formed increase in strength. Very often. that is. You are free to form the habits that you should and if everyone could realize the importance of forming the right kind of habits what a different world this would be. the good habits you can make much better. They seldom ever think of concentrating on why they do them this or that way. because of the way they have been exercised. Most of us are forming new habits all the time. But you can still break any habit by strong concentration on its opposite. and to every movement of theirs. Then all instead of the few might win success. of service. . Your associates learn to expect you to do things in a certain way. We work in our old characteristic way. for our weal or woe. "All our life. But the oftener you repeat it the stronger that habit grows and the more deeply it becomes embedded in your nature. "The intellect and will are spiritual functions. All physical impressions are the carrying out of the actions of the will and intellect. or study to see if they could do them in a better way. if you repeat something several times in the same way. and as it is just about as easy to form good habits as it is bad. No one but yourself is responsible for your habits. They do things in a certain way because of the power of habit.

If they are not for your good." The man that is in the habit of doing the right thing from boyhood. you never want to give in. Every time you keep a resolution you break the chain that enslaves you. Don't play with fire by forming bad habits. as we will never be any younger. shun them henceforth. we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible. Fortify your will to be able to cope with any and all opposition. until the new habit is fixed else you undo all that has been accomplished by previous efforts. but if we have already passed the youthful plastic period the time to start to control our habits is right now.33 - . and the other wants to give in. Study why you have been doing certain things. Make a new beginning today. Don't give in to a single temptation for every time you do. and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain." To make a resolve and not to keep it is of little value." Second Maxim: "In the acquisition of a new habit as in the leaving off of an old one. so it is very important for you that you concentrate assiduously on the habits that reinforce good motives. "A tendency to act. becomes effectively engrained in us in proportion to the uninterrupted frequency with which the actions actually occur. One wants to be firm.Habits are formed more quickly when we are young. and the brain . you strengthen the chain of bad habits. but it furnishes you with an exercise that causes the brain cells and physiological correlatives to form the habit of adjusting themselves to carry out resolutions." Here is the idea. Surround yourself with every aid you can. for you not only profit by the resolution. First Maxim: "We must make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy. By your will you can become firm. through repetition. has only good motives. Third Maxim: "Never allow an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. There are two opposing inclinations. So by all means keep every resolution you make. You will find the following maxims worth remembering. Fourth Maxim: "Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make.

We walk across a crowded street. Why We Are Creatures of Habits. "You do not want to become a slave to habits of a trivial nature. for by so doing you are forming the habit. For instance. and remember it is just as important for this purpose to keep the unimportant.`grows' to their use. "Habit is the deepest law of human nature. Asceticism of this sort is like the insurance which a man pays on his house and goods. Wagner required a certain costume before he could compose corresponding . because his habits either build up his strength or decrease it. Therefore habit is an economizing tendency of our nature. and greater accuracy. the habit of stopping and looking prevents us from being hurt. It is a well known fact that a chauffeur is not able to master his machine safely until he has trained his body in a habitual way. because when they are formed they require less of both mental and material strength. Habits have often been called a labor-saving invention. energetic volition. it may find you not unnerved or untrained to stand the test. The more deeply the habit becomes ingrained the more automatic it becomes. less fatigue." If you keep your resolutions you form a most valuable habit. and self-denial in unnecessary things. Where safety depends on quickness the operator must work automatically. but if the fire does come. So concentrate on keeping them. "He will stand like a tower when everything rocks around him and his softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff in the blast. his having paid it will be his salvation from ruin. and possibly may never bring him a return. So with the man who has daily insured himself to habits of concentrated attention. the better we can control our habits. so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh. and should be utilized in laying the foundation for a glorious future. Fifth Maxim: "Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. The tax does him no good at the time. for if it were not for habit we should have to be more watchful.34 - . The right kind of habits keeps us from making mistakes and mishaps. "Every few days do something for no other reason than its difficulty. When an emergency comes he instantly knows what to do." No man is stronger than his habits." The young should be made to concentrate on their habits and be made to realize that if they don't they become walking bundles of injurious habits. Youth is the plastic state. When a resolve or a fine glow of feeling is allowed to evaporate without bearing fruit. it is worse than a chance lost. whether important or unimportant." The more we exercise the will. The great value of habit for good and evil cannot be overestimated. If you break them you form a most dangerous one. Habits mean less risk.

even with a passion for success that may be called vindictive. you can tenaciously and persistently concentrate on removing the bad habit and in a very short time the good habit will gain the upper hand. Then you must make a resolution to do just the opposite of what the habit is. and the stronger the will the easier it will be to break a habit.parts of his operas. Therefore one habit must replace another. we will find there is no need to hurry or disturb ourselves. ready to manifest itself in the form which fills our need at the moment. you must grapple with the matter as earnestly as you would with a physical enemy. so persevering. we would be silent like the child. and even though we may feel the very reverse at that moment the tiniest effort will be backed up by a tremendous Power and will lift us to a realization never felt before. we can get the inspiration when it comes. nothing can happen that should disturb us. It is not in the easy. as unrelenting as an unfavorable habit. and it is then. So always remember you have within you unlimited power. there is nothing that can occur in life. that is when we often acquire wrong habits. it needs no rest. . It never sleeps. so that when he worked on Homer he never sat among habitual accompaniments of his legislative labors. "It is like a parasite that grows with the growth of the supporting body. If. than to act on impulse from Without.yea. contented moments of our life that we make our greatest progress. two things are necessary. You must have trained your will to do what you want it to do. that we have to make a gigantic effort to think and speak as we should. it can best be killed by violent separation and crushing. But it is when we are in the midst of trials and misfortunes. and. I will bring this chapter to a close by giving Doctor Oppenheim's instructions for overcoming a habit: "If you want to abolish a habit.35 - . No human enemy can be as insidious. being overwhelmed. Schiller could never write with ease unless there were rotten apples in the drawer of his desk from which he could now and then obtain an odor which seemed to him sweet. Note: When life is stormy and all seems against us. for then it requires. when we have something difficult to solve." In order to overcome undesirable habits. like a parasite. You must go into the encounter with all tenacity of determination. that it is always wiser to wait for guidance from within. If you have a strong will. then it is important for us to realize that we are linked to a great Power and if we live as we should. which could permanently injure us. no special effort to keep in tune. with all fierceness of resolve -. Gladstone had different desks for his different activities. and its accumulated circumstances as well. we will know how to act. when we think we are sinking.

You gain an intense and sustained desire to make your business a success. The person that does not carry his desires into action is only a dreamer. It is then easy to apply the remedy. You must concentrate on these details. intense and sustained. Most failures could be determined in advance if the founders had been studied. You must fill in the details as you go along. Of course back of your desire . and this developed his power of doing bigger things. Then when you have resolved what you want to do. another comes. but he did each thing as it came up in the very best way that he could. you will not the second. It is not always possible to start a money-making business at the start. When you start a business you may have but a vague notion of the way you will conduct it.36 - . You must use every mental force you can master. Neither is a failure the result of luck. But if you do not fulfill the first desire. They may have to be changed a little. Business success depends on well-concentrated efforts. here and there. broadened it may be. As you straighten out one after another. you will be drawn towards it. think over carefully what you would like to do. Usually a number of changes have to be made. In this way you cover the field of "the first endeavor" and new opportunities open up for you. The man that has a thorough knowledge of his business can of course direct it much more easily and skilfully than the man who lacks that knowledge. if it is pure. When you realize one desire. There is a law that opens the way to the fulfillment of your desires. Therefore the more you accomplish today the more force you will have at your disposal with which to solve your problems tomorrow. He knows what should be done in any given time and if it is not accomplished he knows that his employees are not turning out the work that they should. When he first started out he did not understand how to solve the problems that afterwards presented themselves. Plans do not work out as their creators thought they would. The more these are used the more they increase. Every man who achieves success deserves it. We become masters of business by learning to do well whatever we attempt. others will require attention. Desire is a great creative force. It is our desires that keep stirring us up to action and they will strengthen and broaden you if you make them materialize. If you are working for someone else today and wish to start in a business for yourself. and as you broaden your business you broaden your power to achieve.LESSON X BUSINESS RESULTS THROUGH CONCENTRATION A successful business is not usually the result of chance. The skilled business director can sit in his private office and still know accurately what is actually being done.

When once you reach a conclusion abide by it. It alone will often cause men to make good. If you are uncertain about every decision you make. and pursue methods that you think will accomplish your purpose. He is known as the man that knows what he wants. and not as one that is as changeable as the weather. Always keep a strong desire to succeed in your mind. The successful business attitude must be cultivated to make the most out of your life. you must use your power to put your desires into force. He gains the confidence of others. Once they are created and you keep up your determination to have them fulfilled you both consciously and unconsciously work toward their materialization. judgment and reliability. but aim so high that if you fall a little short you will still have accomplished much. It should be as good as anyone's else. Be in love with your aim and work. So if you wish to start in business for yourself your greatest asset. Uncertainties in the business world are meeting with more disfavor. It is the man that is unsettled because he does not know what he wants that goes to the wall. to measure up to the best that is in them. the attitude of expecting great things from both yourself and others. We hear persons say that business is trying on the nerves. Spurts fatigue and make it hard for you to continue. with men of firmness. believe you are a success and thus put yourself in the attitude that demands recognition and the thought current draws to you what you need to make you a success. The man of today wants to do business with the man that he can depend upon. Reliable firms want to do business with men of known qualities. you will be subject to harassing doubts and fears which will render your judgment of little value. Go at them with grit. Feel yourself a success. You may not at first meet with entire success. Let there be no doubt. Rely on your own opinion. square with the rule of the greatest good to the greatest number and your life cannot be a failure. with the single exception of a sound physique. Set your heart on your purpose. What others have done you can do. but the steady efforts. Don't be afraid of big undertakings.you must put forward the necessary effort to carry out your purpose. as far as possible. You may even do what others have been unable to do. A successful business is not hard to build if we can concentrate all our mental forces upon it. concentrate your thought upon it. is that of a good reputation.37 - . The man that decides according to what he thinks right and who learns from every mistake acquires a well balanced mind that gets the best results. but it is the unsettling elements of fret and worry and suspense that are . It is not the spasmodic spurts that count on a long journey. direct your efforts with all your intelligence and in due time you will realize your ambition. and make them. or wavering in your judgment.

It is this gradual development that makes possible the carrying out of big plans. indefinite. The natural leader always draws to himself.38 - . But you must not turn back once you have started. . If each thing you do is done with concise and concentrated thought you will be able to turn out an excellent quality and a large quantity of work. that each day must mark an advance and forward you will go. Executing one's plans may cause fatigue. enjoyment comes with rest. If you are properly trained you benefit much by others' thoughts. and. Keep the idea in mind. Even brilliant men's conceptions of the possibilities of their mental forces are so limited and below their real worth that they are far more likely to belittle their possibilities than they are to exaggerate them. You will in a short time find that you will have extra time for planning bigger things. that you mean to go forward. without using up any more energy. when you had not decided on any certain amount. Formerly it took decades to build up a big business. they will benefit from yours. sometimes of months. Never start to accomplish anything in an indecisive. by the law of mental attraction. Plan each day's activities carefully and you can reach any height you aim at. You don't want to think that an aim is impossible because it has never been realized in the past." but we must know how to use our inheritance. than on other days. The man that figures out doing something each hour of the day gets somewhere. and inspires the same qualities in them. the recuperative powers replace what energy has been lost. "We are heirs of all the ages.nerve-exhausting and not the business. determined man influences all with whom he associates. By attending to each day's work properly you develop the capacity to do a greater work tomorrow. ideas in his chosen subject that have ever been conceived by others. Plan to do so much work during the day and you will be astonished to see how much more you will do. but today it is only but a matter of years. You feel that his is a safe example to follow and he rouses the same force within you that is pushing him onward and upward. pushing. providing you generate from within yourself something of value. Every day someone is doing something that was never done before. The confident. Tackle everything with a positiveness and an earnestness that will concentrate your mind and attract the very best associated thoughts. At the end of each day you should be a step nearer your aim. You do not even have to know the exact direction so long as you are determined to find the way. We are pushing ahead faster. If there has not been any unnatural strain. hopeful. I have demonstrated that the average business working force could do the same amount of work in six hours that they now do in eight. uncertain way. This is of the greatest importance and help.

There is nothing so tiring as to try to do the work for which we are unfitted. You must manifest the omnipotence of the law of supply. Finally a clear idea was formed and then the accomplishment. spiritless way. Each one should be engaged in a business that he loves. The up-to-date business man is not content to build only for the present. Are You Afraid of Responsibilities? In order for the individual soul to develop. Nothing is impossible for you. . but of scientific ideas and plans carried out by an aggressive and progressive management. you are not a Real Man. who is. he is at the same time rendering through his work. and not only develop yourself but your associates. You are attracting forces and influence that you should not. followed. See that you make full use of it. which was only the material result of the mental concept.39 - . Use your mental forces so that they will grow and develop. so be a man and allow the powers of the higher self to manifest and you will find you have plenty of strength and you will feel better when you are tackling difficult propositions. but is planning ahead. To build up a business you must see it expanding in your mind before it actually takes tangible shape. be should be furthering movements with which he is in sympathy. Remember that everything you do is the result of mental action. or side stepping it. flinching. He will then only do his best work and take intense pleasure in his business. while constantly growing and developing his powers. because you are not in harmony with what you are doing. genuine and devoted service to humanity. Don't be afraid to tackle a difficult proposition. There is no reason why your work or business should fag you out. Every great task that has ever been accomplished has first been merely a vision in the mind of its creator. How much of a conqueror are you? What have you done? Are you afraid of responsibility. The whole world is your legitimate sphere of activity. Try to broaden the visions of those with whom you come in contact and you will broaden your own outlook of life. In this way. or are you ever dodging.One seldom makes a success of anything that he goes at in a listless. Business success is not the result of chance. What we are actually doing today was carefully thought out and planned by others in the past. Detail after detail has had to be worked out in his mind from his first faint idea of the enterprise. both by temperament and training. This is capable of wonderful development. you must have responsibilities. All progressive businesses are conducted this way. If he does not he will fall behind his competitor. If you are. therefore you can completely control your every action. That is why the young business man of today is likely to accomplish more in a few years than his father did in all his life. When it does there is something wrong. Your higher self never winces. Your success will depend upon the use you make of your mind.

You can therefore see the value of concentration on courage. the man or woman without courage looks for reasons why it cannot be done and failure is naturally the almost inevitable result. The lack of courage creates financial. hesitancy.LESSON XI CONCENTRATE ON COURAGE Courage is the backbone of man. As we are creatures of habits. The man with courage is never afraid. Form the habit of never thinking of anything unfavorable to yourself . whether be is on the battlefield or in business life. It is a matter of the right training in the right way. the man without courage draws to himself all the qualities of a weak man. toward the desired end. The man without courage unconsciously draws to himself all that is contemptible. Start out today with the idea that there is no reason why you should not be courageous. Cowardice on the other hand. The courageous man has confidence. A desire to be fulfilled must be backed by the strength of all our mental forces. deliberately. demoralizing and destructive. What is courage? It is the Will To Do. He states what he believes and puts it into execution. Courage concentrates the mental forces on the task at hand. We must first have the courage to strongly desire something. It takes no more energy to be courageous than to be cowardly. doubt. The man with courage has persistence. Look upon everything within your power as a possibility instead of as merely a probability and you will accomplish a great deal more. weakening. instead of looking upon it as something to be achieved. while attracting all the forces of success. we should avoid persons that lack courage. Such a desire has enough commanding force to change all unfavorable conditions. vacillation. He draws to himself all the moral qualities and mental forces which go to make up a strong man. Whereas. you immediately draw to yourself all the elements that contribute to failure. He then blames his luck when he does not secure the things he weakly desires. Lack of courage destroys your confidence in yourself. resolute attitude so important to success. The man with courage commands. because by considering a thing as impossible. They are easy to discover because of their habits of fear in attacking new problems.40 - . thereby inviting failure. as well as mental and moral difficulties. It then directs them thoughtfully. This is a subject well worthy of your study. dissipates both our mental and moral forces. When a new problem comes. It destroys that forceful. It is a most vital element of success. steadily. If any fear-thoughts come to you cast them off as you would the deadly viper. and unsteadiness of purpose.

you lose that confidence in yourself that inspires courage and carries with it all the forces which courage creates. Just the moment you begin to swerve in your plan you begin to carry out another's thought and not your own. because I need it. "I am courageous. They desire the full extent of their powers. A great many men are failures because they doubt their own capacity." Concentrate on just the opposite of fear. Never let another's opinion affect you. You become the directed and not the director. The evils by which you will almost certainly be overwhelmed without it are far greater than those which courage will help you to meet and overcome. Never doubt your own ability. then. must be the moralist who says that the only thing to fear is fear. Instead of building up strong mental forces which would be of the greatest use to them their fear thoughts tear them down. and you therefore lack the very forces that you need to sustain and carry out your work. "I have courage because I desire it. all things are possible. and here is a good one to often affirm. You have plenty. You forsake the courage and resolution of your own mind. want. Fear paralyzes energy. Instead of being self-reliant you become timid and this invites failure. In dealing with difficulties." There is no justification for the loss of courage. If they were impossibilities we could not conceive them. he cannot tell what you are able to do. etc. banish it. Therefore. Almost all wonderful achievements have been accomplished after it had been "thoroughly" demonstrated that they were impossibilities. Fear is the worst enemy we have. but alas. It keeps us from attracting the forces that go to make up success. you as master of your mind control its every thought.41 - . When you believe with . he does not know what you can do with your forces. Just the moment you allow someone to influence you against what you think is right. Once we understand the law. Remember. if you will just use it. The truth is you do not know yourself until you put yourself to the test. you are unable to judge as you should. how can someone else know? Never let anyone else put a valuation on you. There are few people that really know that they can accomplish much. as you would be in if you turned over all your worldly possessions to another without getting "value received. hold ever the thought. sickness. new or old. because you have allowed another's influence to deprive you of your courage and determination without absorbing any of his in return so you are in much the same predicament. because I use it and because I refuse to become such a weakling as cowardice produces. Right.or anyone else." Whenever a doubt crosses the threshold of your mind. When you permit yourself to be influenced from your plan by another. it is only occasionally that you find a man that is aware of the great possibilities within him. poverty.

Both of the former are harmful and make you unhappy. big and little. To succeed in business believe that it will be successful. These are states that can be quickly overcome through concentrating more closely on the higher self. The chances are that there will be obstacles. like cowardice. because courage. assert that it is successful. Note: How to Overcome Depression and Melancholia. All you have to do is to believe in it. and work like a beaver to make it so. he commands success. . Every evil is but the product of ignorance. There is wonderful inherent power within us all. you thereby develop the courage to steadily and confidently live up to that belief. claim it and use it. he develops personal influence and a forceful character and often becomes the mentor of the community which he serves. and there is never any sufficient cause for fear. You have now gone a long way towards accomplishing it. for when you do you cut off the connection with the harmful force currents. in your way. and everyone that possesses the power to think has the power to overcome ignorance and evil. except ignorance. I will only think of subjects worthy of my higher self and its powers. Courage is yours for the asking. All that it is necessary to do is to exercise the will and concentrate upon happy subjects.42 - . is contagious.all your mind and heart and soul that you can do something. whether it be military or industrial. and the object of the pain is to make us realize our ignorance. The man of courage overcomes the trials and temptations of life. One man of courage can fire with his spirit a whole army of men. Through will power and thought control we can accomplish anything we want to do. but resolute courage will overcome them and nothing else will. You can also drive away moods by simply choosing and fully concentrating on an agreeable subject. When we become depressed It is evidence that our thought faculties are combining improperly and thereby attracting the wrong force-currents. the yet stronger forces that will serve you. Strong courage eliminates the injurious and opposing forces by summoning their masters. The pain that we suffer from doing evil are but the lessons of experience. Difficulties soon melt away before the courageous. he renders sound judgment.

A little rest will re-create forces. to claim for yourself an environment of culture. you are misusing your forces. When wealth is obtained under the proper conditions it broadens the life. It is not. It therefore stimulates their endeavor. So the first step toward acquiring wealth is to surround yourself with helpful influences. If you acquire wealth unjustly from others. however. Most great men of all ages have been comparatively rich. It is not conducive to proper thought to be surrounded by conditions that are uncongenial and unpleasant. place yourself in it and be molded by its influences. .LESSON XII CONCENTRATE ON WEALTH It was never intended that man should be poor. Wealth is many persons' goal. Wealth is usually the fruit of achievement. They have made or inherited money. No one can become wealthy in an ordinary lifetime. Seeing possibilities is another step toward acquiring wealth. The fact is the more attractive we make ourselves and our surroundings the more inspiring are their influences. and brainless.43 - . They long for it in order to dress and live in such a way as to attract friends. It took him an hour to go and an hour to return. altogether the result of being industrious. Everything has a good use and a bad use. but if your wealth comes through the right sources you will be blessed. Everything has its value. but if he does not use his mental forces he will be a laborer. I know a man that used to walk to work. by mere savings from earnings. For example. The forces of mind like wealth can be directed either for good or evil. Without money they could not have accomplished what they did. dreamy longings. A man may be as industrious as he can possibly be. Too much rest degenerates into laziness. Thousands of persons work hard who never grow wealthy. Through wealth we can do things to uplift ourselves and humanity. Many scrimp and economize all their lives. The man engaged in physical drudgery is not likely to have the same high ideals as the man that can command comparative leisure. Without friends they would not be so particular of their surroundings. He could have taken a car and gone in twenty minutes. It was not a very profitable investment unless the time spent in physical exercise yielded him large returns in the way of health. but by so doing waste all their vitality and energy. Others with much less effort acquire wealth. He saved ten cents a day but wasted an hour and a half. to be directed by the man that uses to good advantage his mental forces.

I wanted to hear what he had to say. They must experience them for themselves and then apply the knowledge so gained in reconstructing their lives. and recreation or entertainment becomes the leading motive of a person's life. if you desire wealth you must attract the forces that will help you to secure it. He answered that he thought he was fated not to experience prosperity." . Any man that has ever amounted to anything has never done a great deal of detail work for long periods at any given time. If you hold thoughts of poverty you attract poverty. I said: "Thoughts are moving forces. He said not exactly. It seems a part of the tragedy of life that these persons have to be taught such painful lessons before they can understand the forces and laws that regulate life. and always. Thoughts of wealth attract wealth. One of the big mistakes made by many persons of the present generation is that they associate with those who fail to call out or develop the best that is in them. he is ever the leaner. Few profit by the mistakes of others. He held his lectures in poor surroundings. Therefore. great powers. you will instil this thought into all your mental forces. often a parasite. He had dressed poorly. If you make up your mind you are going to be wealthy. his God-given powers and forces are undeveloped and he inevitably brings poor judgment to bear upon all the higher relationships of life. he acquires habits of extravagance instead of economy. He did not realize that his thoughts and his surroundings exercised an unfavorable influence. habits of wasting his resources.44 - . physical. Your thoughts attract a similar kind of thoughts. as it often is. if opportunity affords. but he had not profited by his own teachings. He said he did. I knew the lecturer had been practically broke for ten years. I asked him why. He is. as heavy a consumer as he is a poor producer. He no doubt benefited some of his hearers. while. constantly tries to improve his methods. When the social side of life is developed too exclusively. In half an hour I showed that man why poverty had always been his companion. but as the result of deliberate and concentrated effort. lacking in proper motivation. I asked him if they had made him prosperous. He needs his time to reflect.The same amount of time spent in concentrated effort to overcome his unfavorable business environment might have firmly planted his feet in the path of prosperity. as to his financial fortunes. mental. By his actions and beliefs he attracted poverty. I introduced myself and asked him if he believed in his maxims. He does not do his duties today in the same way as yesterday. The other day I attended a lecture on Prosperity. He spoke very well. in consequence. moral and spiritual. instead of conserving them. and you will at the same time use every external condition to help you.

have found your place in life which. so why not willingly give a fair exchange for all that we receive? Again I repeat that the first as well as the last step in acquiring wealth is to surround yourself with good influences -. be taken from us. that you will send out as good as you receive. he not only knows its value. So it is with the mind of man.good thought. By this time you will. Cultivate. if you do not. The man that tries to get all he can from others for nothing becomes so selfish and mean that he does not even enjoy his acquisitions. and therefore deserve not to be enriched. Business success today depends on foresight. But never forget that thought is as real a force as electricity. but of average. will in turn. good health. when you have formed intimate friendships with clean.Many persons are of the opinion that if you have money it is easy to make more money. We all realize this. Money will not enable one to accumulate much more. reputable men of wealth. entrust to them. able citizens. you are not enriching others. good judgment. We see examples of this every day. and. We cannot reach perfection until we discharge every obligation of our lives. Note: There is somewhere in every brain the energy that will get you out of that rut and put you far up on the mountain of success if you can only use the energy. firm resolution and settled purpose. You know that gasoline in the engine of an automobile doesn't move the car until the spark comes to explode the gasoline. but has developed the power to use it as well as to make more if he loses it. if you have rightly concentrated upon and used your opportunities. All obligations have to be met fairly and squarely. until you have developed the initiative and business acumen to successfully manage your own investments. you will take pleasure in using a part of it in making the road you traveled in reaching your position easier for those who follow you. Let your thoughts be such. unless he is trained to seek and use good opportunities for its investment. if he has made it. by every legitimate means. Ninety per cent of the men that start in business fail. But this is not necessarily true. We are not speaking now of men of great genius. What we take from others. for investment. but sought after. your surplus earnings. through such associations. the acquaintance of men of big caliber. While. good home and business environment and successful business associates.45 - . however small. will not be among men of small parts. grit. . This will make your society not only agreeable. With a competence secured. If he inherits money the chances are that he will lose it. Bring your thought vibrations in regard to business into harmony with theirs.

but will you? You can. The world is no better for their living. Most of us will not have an easy path to follow so don't expect to find one. "I can and I Will. but whether you will or not depends on you.Each one of them has in his brain the capacity to climb over the word impossible and get into the successful country beyond. . The persons that live in an indolent and slipshod way never have any. We climb the road to success by overcoming obstacles. Why do not more get along? Cases may differ. Discover why you have not been making good -. or to make a way for you? If you have. LESSON XIII YOU CAN CONCENTRATE. BUT WILL YOU? All have the ability to concentrate. Stumbling blocks are but stepping stones for the man that says. the deaf and dumb. There is far more ability not used than is used. Learn your shortcomings. We must make favorable conditions and not expect them to shape themselves. the able-bodied man should feel ashamed of himself if he does not make good. What would you like to do. Why do not more men of ability make something of themselves? There are comparatively few successful men but many ambitious ones. concentrate on a new line of thought.46 - . It is not the man that says.the cause of your failure. They have had chances. They have never faced conditions and therefore don't know how. the blind and those with other handicaps amounting to something in the world. why don't you? Study yourself carefully. self-confidence and the determination to do something supply the spark that makes the energy work.energy and the will to succeed. There are two things absolutely necessary for success -. Have you been expecting someone to lead you. that you are not doing? If you think you should be "getting on" better. and another thing to do it. "The Lord helps those that help themselves. The hard knocks develop our courage and moral stamina. "It can't be done." is a true saying. And hope." but the man that goes ahead in spite of adverse advice. It is one thing to be able to do something. perhaps better ones than some others that have made good. but the fault is usually their own. and shows that "it can be done" that "gets there" today. Nothing can take the place of either of these. Sometimes only a mere trifle keeps one from branching out and becoming a success." When we see cripples.

if you just think they can and concentrate on how to do it. If you tackle something with little effort. but resolve that you are going to accomplish what you set out to do. There is nothing that develops you and increases your courage like work. All men that have amounted to anything have cleared their way and they did not have the assistance that you will have today. if we were sure of what we could and could not do. The trouble with most persons is that just as soon as they see their way blocked they lose courage. it will be in only a half-hearted way -. But if you think the obstacles are unsurmountable. Many men will not begin an undertaking unless they feel sure they will succeed in it. The result is that they increase their obstacles instead of diminishing them. and even if you do.the man that knows in his heart that success is only bought by tremendous resolution. but afterwards found it to be easy? That is the way a great many times. There may not be an obstruction there now that will be there next week. "He who has a firm will.47 - . for they cannot stop the man that is determined -. But who knows? There may be an obstruction there now that might not be there next week. Have you ever undertaken something that you thought would be hard. and they look for them instead of for means to overcome them. If it were not for work how monotonous life would at last become! . when the conditions call for a big effort." "People do not lack strength. and tomorrow or some other day they will turn to your advantage if you are a willing and are an ambitious worker." says Goethe. "molds the world to himself. There is no such thing as failure for the man that does his best. you will not of course try." It is not so much skill that wins victories as it is activity and great determination. "they lack Will. The tides are continually changing. by concentrated and whole-hearted effort.a way that accomplishes nothing. Don't be turned from your path." says Victor Hugo. It's up to you to find it. Most people are beaten before they start. The things that look difficult in advance turn out to be easy of conquest when once encountered. don't let this make you lose courage. So start out on your journey with the idea that the road is going to be clear for you. This is the kind of concentrated effort that succeeds. The way ahead of all of us is not clear sailing. but all hard passages can be bridged.There is nothing that can resist the force of perseverance. They forget that usually there is a way around the difficulty. No matter what you may be working at. you will of course not win. What a mistake! This would be right. Tackle everything with a feeling that you will utilize all the power within you to make it a success. at the present time. and that if it is not you will clear the way. The one great keynote of success is to do whatever you have decided on. They think they are going to encounter obstacles. Don't be frightened at a few rebuffs.

Remember. It has always been used by successful men of all ages.48 - . You will find it of the greatest value to centralize your thoughts on health. You will find it hard at first to forget your ailments. Think of health as being the greatest blessing there is. No circumstances can prevent him. Just the moment one starts to obtrude. The man that is sure of himself is bound to get to the front. but few realize its full importance. Show that you can concentrate your powers. It is well to have a clock at first and keep track of the time. but after a short while you can shut out these negative thoughts and see yourself as you want to be. etc. disease. . Keep your eyes open. if you have any. Make it a daily habit of concentrating on this thought for. Just as surely as you think of these will your objective life express itself in a like way. we find them. say. Each time you concentrate you form a more perfect image of health. Give it all to him.So I say to the man that wants to advance. don't let your attention wander. fear. that you have the makeup of a real man. you become healthy. Don't let any other thought drift in. Just what we think. and add those qualities to your makeup that will assist you when your opportunity comes. as you come into its realization. strong and wholesome. I want to impress upon your mind that the habit of forming mental images is of the greatest value. and. Practice until you can hold it to the exclusion of everything else. ten minutes. Regardless of your present condition. LESSON XIV THE ART OF CONCENTRATING BY MEANS OF PRACTICAL EXERCISES Select some thought. see yourself as you would like to be and be blind to everything else. If you are the man you should be. uncertainty or doubt. So when he finds you. and see how long you can hold your mind on it. we attract what we set our minds on. some one is looking for you to fill a responsible position. make it get out. Be ever alert and on the watch for opportunities. you can get a great deal of good from your thinking besides developing concentration. in the world. Do you know that you are continually acting according to the images you form? If you allow yourself to mould negative images you unconsciously build a negative disposition. we will manifest in the external world. If we look for opportunities. Show no signs of fear. "Don't look upon your present position as your permanent one. weakness. You will think of poverty. If you decide to think about health.

If you will focus your energies upon a thing to the exclusion of everything else. it becomes easier each time to do. the thought which has been occupying his mind returns to him and this prevents him from securing the rest he needs. When you focus your thought. We will say he comes home all tired out. If his work has been mental.49 - . The exercises that follow are tedious and monotonous. eats his supper and sits down to rest. . but useful. voluntary and involuntary. and in the course of time you can become possessed of power which was unknown to you before. but once you do. It is then we realize the advantages of being connected with the supra-consciousness. Before proceeding with the exercises I will answer a question that just comes to me.In deep concentration you become linked with the great creative spirit of the universe. This is true of attention. But this is not true. In deep concentration your mind becomes attuned with the infinite and registers the cosmic intelligence and receives its messages. produce a heat many times greater than the scattered rays of the same source of light and heat. as they increase your powers of concentration. vitalizing your creations into form. The supra-consciousness registers the higher cosmic vibrations. They think concentration means limitation to one subject. Exercises In Concentration. you generate the force that can bring you what you want. when focused upon an object by means of a sun glass. That which comes to you is higher than human thoughts. Once it is experienced it is never forgotten. It is often referred to as the wireless station. You become so full of the cosmic energy that you are literally flooded with divine power. If you will persist in them you will find they are very valuable. is in the direction of attaining that object. When you have once come in contact with your supra-consciousness you become the controller of your human thoughts. but this deeper concentration that brings us into harmony with the Infinite is that which produces and maintains health. This person says after he works all day he is too tired to practice any exercise. There are very few that reach this stage of concentration. When you focus your attention upon an object your every action. the message recorded coming from the universal mind. You are able to direct the expression of almost Infinite Power while in this deeper state of concentration. and the creative energy then flows through you. But center it upon one thing and you secure much better results. you increase its strength. Naturally it requires a good deal of training to reach this state. Very few even know that it is possible. The rays of the sun. Scatter it and you get but ordinary results. It is often spoken of as Cosmic Consciousness. This is a most desired state.

as you are then mentally and spiritually exalted in the desired realm. Exhale in an easy. the other cells. This must be brought under direct control of the mind.It is an admitted fact that certain thoughts call into operation a certain set of brain cells. Just feel it already has. Then is the time you are ready for deep concentration. See that every muscle is relaxed. for just the minute you wish a thing to be done it manifests in the thought world. Now if you take up something that is just different from what you have been doing during the day. and you will find you can enjoy your evenings while securing needed rest. are not busy at that time and are rested. Now think how quiet and relaxed you are. Breathe this way for five minutes. Whenever you concentrate just believe it is a success.anything foreign to the subject. The Best Time to Concentrate Is after reading something that is inspiring. you will use the cells that have not done anything and give those that have had work to do a rest. Don't let any doubts or fears enter. in reality it has. The other cells that have been idle all day want to work. Now. of course. You are then ready to proceed. hold this as long as you can without straining yourself. . When once you have learned to master your thoughts.50 - . Now breathe slowly. then exhale slowly. Now relax and let the spirit work in and through you and assist you to accomplish what you wish. When the mind is properly strengthened by the impulse of the will it becomes a more powerful transmitter of thought. the real requisite of centering is to be able to shut out outside thoughts -. If you will center your attention on a new thought. The mind can be greatly strengthened by being brought under the direct influence of the will. the mind under the control of the will. So you should regulate the evenings that you have and call forth an entirely different line of thought so as not to use the cells which you have tired out during the day. but you must realize that it is. Your will is strong enough to do anything you wish. filling the lungs comfortably full of fresh air. Remember. because it has more force. you will be able to change them just as easily as you change your clothes. Keep up this feeling and allow nothing to interfere and you will soon find you have become the master of concentration. which will cleanse and rejuvenate every cell of brain and body. You can become enthusiastic over your condition. you relieve the old cells from vibrating with excitement and they get their needed rest. Just think of yourself as getting ready to receive knowledge that is far greater than you have ever received before. Just feel that what you wish is going to manifest. letting the Divine Breath flow through you. and that rapidly you will be learning to accomplish anything that you undertake. If you are in your room first see that your windows are up and the air is good. You will find that this practice will be of wonderful value to you. rhythmic way. in order to control your intention first gain control over the body. Lie down flat on your bed without a pillow.

After you are able to keep perfectly still. Now fix the eyes upon the glass and try to keep the arm so steady that no movement will be noticeable. At first I advise sitting in a relaxed position for five minutes. This is as long as it is necessary. You will have to center your attention on sitting still. If you will keep your eyes fixed on the tips of the fingers you will be able to tell if you are keeping your arm perfectly still. increase the time to ten minutes and then to fifteen. "Do you know how much better appearance you would make if you would just learn to speak with your voice . I just felt like saying to him. as this is the easiest position. shoulders back. Raise your right arm until it is on the level with your shoulder. The following exercise is especially good in assisting you to acquire perfect control of the muscles. Look around. Cultivate a self-poised manner. Stop all useless gestures and movements of the body. Do the same exercise with left arm. Exercise 2 Sit in a chair with your head up and your chin out. Part of his body kept moving all the time. This is not as easy as it seems. These mean that you have not proper control over your body. Exercise 3 Fill a small glass full of water. Watch and see that you are not making any involuntary muscular movements. But never strain yourself to keep still. with head only.51 - . strained appearance. and grasp it by the fingers. and keep the arm perfectly still for one minute. increase the time until you are able to do this five minutes with each arm. See how easy and relaxed you can keep yourself. instead of a nervous. Exercise 4 Watch yourself during the day and see that your muscles do not become tense or strained. I have just been sizing up a salesman that has just left me. pointing to your right. You must be relaxed completely. This mental feeling will improve your carriage and demeanor. You will find this habit of relaxing is very good. After you have acquired this control. Do this first for one moment and then increase it to five. Do the exercise with first one arm and then the other. I want you to gain control of your muscular movements.It will be necessary to first train the body to obey the commands of the mind. and fix your gaze on your fingers. put the arm directly in front of you. See how poised you can be at all times. Turn the palm of the hand downward when it is outstretched. Exercise 1 Sit in a comfortable chair and see how still you can keep. By a little practice you will find you are able to sit still without a movement of the muscles for fifteen minutes. notice how "ill-at-ease" people are that have not gained this control. When you are able to keep the arm perfectly steady.

and you must control your attention and see it is held in the right place and does not wander away. then gradually extend the thumb. The purpose of the above exercises is to gain control over the involuntary muscular movement. Exercise 5 Move your chair up to a table. which points out in front of you. both fingers and thumb closed. just exercise control. You will find many exercises like this in your daily routine. keeping the back of the hand on the table. Do this exercise with the left hand. closing first the last one opened and then the rest. or something falls. You can quickly stop any of these by merely centering your attention on the thought. just think of these as exercises in selfcontrol. the thumb doubled over the fingers. You will find your attention will not want to be controlled and will try to drift to something more interesting. The following exercises are arranged to bring your voluntary muscles under the control of the will. The main point you should keep in mind is that the exercise should be simple and that the attention should be firmly fixed upon the moving part of the body. . Exercise 6 Put the right hand on knee. Now fix your gaze upon the fist for a while. etc. when the door slams. making your actions entirely voluntary. clenching the fists. you of course lose the value of the exercise." but it is important for you to practice these monotonous exercises so you can train your attention.instead of trying to express what you say with your whole body?" Just watch those that interview you and see how they lack poise. placing your hands upon it. "I will not. You can make up a variety of exercises like these. so that your mental forces may control your muscular movements. if it is not. except the first finger. and finally you will have the fist again in the original position with the thumb closed over the finger. keeping your whole attention fixed upon the act. of course. must be kept closely on each movement of the hand. keeping the attention fixed upon the end of the finger. Get rid of any habit you have of twitching or jerking any part of your body. just as if it was a matter of great importance. You will find you make many involuntary movements. then your second and so on until you open the rest. The attention." If you are in the habit of letting noises upset you. The chances are that the above exercises will at first make you "tired. Keep up this exercise first with one hand and then the other until you have done it five times with each hand. It is good training to plan out different ones.52 - .. Then reverse the process. Then gradually extend your first finger. It also gives you control over your muscular movement. In a few days you can increase it to ten times. This is just where these exercises are of value. Then move the finger slowly from side to side.

You may think these exercises very simple and of no value. You can develop a Will that will make you a giant compared with the man that lacks Will Power. but you should also shut out cognizance of every odor save that upon which your mind. but let your concentration upon the one selected be such that a scent of its fragrance in after years will vividly recall the circumstances of this exercise. You will find that this strongly intensifies the sense of smell. Your attention will no doubt be rebellious. . carriage and demeanor. for the time. or drive in the country. When you can control yourself you can control others. or pass a flower garden. Do not let your attention get away from the work you are at. No matter what you may be doing. imagine that it is your chief object in life. Imagine you are not interested in anything else in the world but what you are doing. but put forward your best efforts. but control it and do not let it control you. is concentrated. Try out your Will Power in different ways until you have it under such control that just as soon as you decide to do a thing you go ahead and do it. concentrate on the odor of flowers and plants. Be satisfied with nothing else. Many times afterwards you will be thankful you have learned to concentrate your closest attention upon the object at hand. not their slave. as it requires less attention. Never choose an interesting object. you should not only shut out from the mind every thought but that of odor. and you will find that you have greatly improved your power of attention. This differentiation requires. be on the alert for the different odors. Never be satisfied with the "I did fairly well" spirit. See how many different kinds you can detect. When you are out in the air.53 - . Let no day go by without practicing concentrating on some familiar object that is uninteresting. You will find the air laden with all kinds. You call find plenty of opportunity for exercises for developing the sense of smell. Exercise 7 Concentration Increases the Sense of Smell. When sense of smell is being developed. When you take a walk. Then choose one particular kind and try to sense only this. which of course will be very valuable. The person that can concentrate can gain full control over his body and mind and be the master of his inclinations. The less interesting it is the better exercise will it be. When once you conquer the rebellious attention you have achieved a greater victory than you can realize at the time. but I promise you in a short time you will notice that you have a much better control over your muscular movements. When you have gained this you are the man you were intended to be. and can center your thoughts on what you do. After a little practice you will find you can center your attention on uninteresting subjects at will. however. a peculiarly attentive attitude.

you feel weak in any part of the body. if your eyes feel tired. again. "Every cell in my body thrills with life. every part of my body is strong and healthy. In a short time you will find the nerves becoming quiet and you will be able to go to sleep.54 - . and you will find that you can. is not without danger. will that an extra supply of blood shall go there. however. Picture another going down the arms to the tips of the fingers. and. Do not pay any attention to anything else. Lie down and thoroughly relax your muscles. although very simple. quiet forest. After a little practice you can actually feel the blood passing through your system. If your mind thinks of sickness in connection with self you will be sick. For instance. through their practice. and is not to be practiced by the novice. Concentrate on the beating of your heart." I have known a number of people to greatly improve their health in this way. If you imagine yourself in strong. What is known as the water method is. Exercise 8 Concentration on the Within. at any time. try to actually picture the blood leaving the great reservoir and going in one stream right down to the toes. You can wonderfully increase your strength by this exercise. Exercise 9 Concentrating on Sleep. vigorous health. a hollow log in the depths of the cool. You will be healthy. Then picture yourself . You become what you picture yourself to be. picture the blood coming from the heart.The object of these exercises is to develop concentrated attention. If. Just keep the idea in your mind that there is no . This. passing up through the head and out to the eyes. the image will be realized. Put a full glass of clear water on a table in your sleeping room. the most persistent insomnia has been overcome by one thinking of himself as some inanimate object -. I have found the following a very helpful exercise to take just before going to bed and on rising in the morning: Say to yourself. getting into just as calm a state. Think how this great organ is pumping the blood to every part of the body. Men have been able to gain such control over the heart that they have actually stopped it from beating for five minutes. Sit in a chair beside the table and gaze into the glass of water and think how calm it is. control your mind and direct your thoughts just the same as you can your arm. Sometimes it is good to picture yourself becoming drowsy to induce sleep. very effective in inducing sleep.for instance. Those who are troubled with insomnia will find these sleep exercises that quiet the nerves very effective.

Practice these exercises and you will sleep. start to breathe deeply. if you are also in the habit of becoming irritable or nervous at the least little thing. if you continually complain about their making a mistake." This thought will be impressed on them and they will be more careful. As the face is like a piece of silk. Any movement of the face that causes the skin to wrinkle will eventually cause a permanent wrinkle. "Be more careful next time. "I will not be so weak. If you are one of those that flare up at the slightest "provocation" and never try to control yourself.55 - . But. you will be greatly helped by repeating this affirmation each morning: "I am going to try today not to make a useless gesture or to worry over trifles. just concentrate on this a few minutes and see bow needless it is. tapping them on the floor. as. if so. I intend to be calm. banish all fear of insomnia." and you will quickly overcome your condition. Watch others and see how they needlessly twist their faces in talking. say. for instance. Does it do you any good? Do you gain anything by it? Doesn't it put you out of poise for some time? Don't you know that this grows on you and will eventually make you despised by all that have any dealings with you? Everyone makes mistakes and. check yourself instantly when you feel yourself becoming so. you can make a fold in it a number of times and it will straighten out of itself. it will in time be impossible to remove it.difficulty in going to sleep. if you continue to make a fold in it. instead of becoming angry at their perpetrators. All lack of self-control can be conquered if you will but learn to concentrate. Exercise 10 Concentration Will Save Energy and Appearance. just say to them. Many of you that read this may think you are not guilty of either of these faults. By this time you should have awakened to the possibilities of concentration and have become aware of the important part it plays in your life. but. If you are in the habit of worrying over the merest trifles. and. I am master of myself. By Concentration You Can Stop the Worry Habit. the thought of a mistake is impressed on them and they will be more likely to make mistakes in the future. just think this over a minute. Practice standing before a mirror and see if you are in the habit of frowning or causing wrinkles to appear in the forehead. Watch yourself and see if you are not in the habit of moving your hands. but if you will carefully watch yourself you will probably find that you are. and. Some have the habit of keeping their feet going. thumping something with your fingers or twirling your mustache. Exercise 11 By Concentration You Can Control Your Temper. or become nervous or irritable. no difference what may .

Concentrate all your thoughts on keeping your head perfectly still. too. He acquires a feeling of calmness and strength that causes opposition to melt away before it. he can better impress those with whom he comes in contact. however. without looking at the picture." While standing before the mirror practice deep breathing. and if you find you can prolong the exercise for more than five minutes do so. "I don't like his appearance. will notice the difference if you live up to these instructions. The chances are you will be able to think of many more. It has been replaced by a sense of peace and power. Do not move your head. At first you will. your timidity will disappear. Henceforth I resolve to be free from all signs that show lack of self-control. . Your eyes will probably blink a little at first. You will find that this is a very excellent exercise in concentration. Look at the clock before you commence the exercise. concentrate on it and see if you cannot think of additional details concerning it. but keep on. have to plead guilty of violation a few times. The one that stands up like a man and has control over the muscles of his face and eyes always commands attention. Three minutes a day is long enough for the practice of this exercise. and then add to the list each new discovery.be the circumstances. Keep up the good work until. and you will soon find that you can live up to your ideal.56 - . and think of them as two human eyes looking into yours." At night quickly review your actions during the day and see how fully you realized your aim. of course. You will find that. It might be well for you to write down all you thought of the first day. think that you look like a reliable man or woman should. like a person that anyone would have confidence in. See that there is plenty of fresh air in the room. still keeping the head. Exercise 12. After you have once gained self-control. but stand erect. Then. eyes and body still. and that you are literally feasting on it. Make two marks on your mirror on a level with your eyes. I will control myself. Do not let another thought come into your mind. as it permeates every cell. Do not let your appearance be such as to justify the remark. I have had many persons tell me that this affirmation and daily review made a wonderful difference in their lives. The next day sit in a chair and. I don't believe he can be trusted. don't relinquish it. Practice Talking Before a Glass. the habit of self-control is so firmly fixed that you could not break it even though you tried. In his conversation. For some time it will still be necessary to repeat the affirmation in the morning and square your conduct with it in the evening. at last. You.

Think how you would feel if you were cool. do not think of how hungry or thirsty you are. This exercise should be done at least twenty times at each sitting. After you feel that you have complete control over your desires you can then tell your news. Do not waste your time in thinking of others or in gossiping about them. from your own observation. Exercise 14 The Eastern Way of Concentrating. For instance. Again. It is possible to train your imagination until you do this. but do something to divert your attention. will furnish you with excellent exercises in concentration. do not increase it by thinking about it. But you must be able to suppress the desire to communicate the news until you are fully ready to tell it. deep breath. you have strengthened your will by controlling your desire to communicate your views. Sit in a chair with a high back in upright position. Press one finger against the right nostril. It seems natural to want to tell others what you know. if you feel yourself getting hungry or thirsty and for any reason you do not wish to eat. again.57 - . In this state you would be shivering all over. Exercise 15 Controlling Desires. keep it to yourself. If. you can wonderfully strengthen your powers of concentration. you learn something about another person that is detrimental. drawing the breath in gently as you count ten. and it can then be turned to practical account in making undesirable conditions bearable. you have all you can do to attend to your own business. You can think of many very good exercises like this.Exercise 13 The Control of Sensations. but just visualize yourself as finishing a hearty meal. Desire. Now think of just the opposite conditions. but whether right or wrong. If you hear good news resist the desire to tell it to the first person you meet and you will be benefited thereby. Persons that do not possess this power of control over desires are apt to tell . then how you would feel if you were cold. It will require the concentration of all your powers of resistance to prohibit the desire to tell. If you will start practicing along this line systematically you will soon gain a wonderful control over the things that affect your physical comfort. by learning to control these desires. Remember. but. Your opinion may afterwards turn out to be wrong anyway. how you would feel if it were freezing. which is one of the hardest forces to control. when you experience pain. Repeat this exercise with the opposite nostril. and the pain will seem to decrease. then expel the breath through the right nostril as you count ten. construct such a vivid image of heat that you are able to experience the sensation of heat even in the coldest atmosphere. Now take a long.

things that they should not. but with a little practice you will be able to write a very good account of what you have read. Of course. Read an article in a newspaper. of letting the mountains of which we hear loom before us and the rivers of which we read roll at our feet. and this in time becomes a valuable business asset. Instead of writing it out you can express it orally if you wish. Of course. After you have practiced a number of these simple exercises read a book for twenty minutes and then write down what you have read. Say to yourself. through the closest concentration.58 - . You will find from experience that this self-control will be worth much to you in business. The closer the concentration the more accurate the account will be. An excellent exercise is to read some short story and then write just an abridged statement. . At times it is necessary to become enthused. It is a good idea when time is limited to read only a short sentence and then try to write it down word for word. If you will just utilize your spare time in practicing exercises like those suggested you can gain wonderful powers of concentration. The practice will produce very good results if you keep it up until the habit is fixed. and this power of inhibition alone will more than compensate for the trouble of the exercise. But be ever on the lookout for opportunities for the practice of self-control. The chances are that at first you will not remember very many details. You will find that in order to remember every word in a sentence you must keep out every thought but that which you wish to remember. "He that ruleth his spirit is greater than he that ruleth a city. You will find exercises like this of the greatest value in developing concentration and learning to think." Exercise 16 When You Read. thereby often involving both themselves and others in needless trouble. circumstances alter cases. as one writer expresses it. just control yourself and receive it without any exclamation of surprise. Go to your room and deliver it as if you were talking to some one. No one can think without first concentrating his thoughts on the subject in hand. read two or more sentences and treat similarly. "Nothing is going to cause me to lose my self-control. and see in how few words you can express it. you will know you are weak in concentration. the power to image or picture what you read. success in all of the above depends largely upon cultivating. You will be looked upon as a cool-headed business man. If you are in the habit of getting excited when you hear unpleasant news. If you are unable to write out what you read. upon the power. When you are able to do this. Every man and woman should train himself to think clearly. Reading an article to get only the essentials requires the closest concentration.

As there is little that is particularly interesting about the second hand. at this time. you can stop this habit if you want to. This is a very good exercise when you only have a few minutes to spare. You don't care anything about the whys and wherefores. say to yourself. You want to gain the thing you desire. . You. Exercise 19 Faith Concentration. I purposely did not put this exercise in the beginning where it naturally belongs because I wanted you to know that you could learn to concentrate. The habit loses its power over you and you are free. thinking of nothing else but the second hand. If you will just form the mental image of controlling yourself as another person might. We will say that you have some desire or wish you want fulfilled. Follow the second hand with your eyes as it goes around. If you have practiced the above exercises you have now developed this concentration power to a considerable extent and therefore you have faith in the power of concentration." Just imagine that you are some one else giving this advice. Believe that it will according to your belief be fulfilled. I have known a number of men to break themselves of drinking in this way. In this way you can gain control over nerves and this quieting effect is very good for them. if you are able to keep every other thought in the stream of consciousness subordinate to it. you will take a delight in breaking bad habits. see yourself as others see you. Sit in a chair and place a clock with a second hand on the table. Always try to keep as still as possible during these exercises. "You are not a weakling. in time. Never. Exercise 18 Watch Concentration. Keep this up for five minutes. Now try the power of affirmation. This habit is bad and you want to break it. If you have a habit that you want to get rid of. shut your eyes and imagine that your real self is standing before you. or that you need some special advice. but you can still become a much stronger believer in it. This is very valuable practice. attempt to analyze the belief.59 - . but in the extra effort of will power required to make it successful lies its value.Exercise 17 Concentration Overcomes Bad Habits. it is hard to do this. A belief in the power to concentrate is of course very important. You first clearly picture what is wanted and then you concentrate on getting it. Have absolute faith that your desires will be realized. and if you concentrate on it in the right way you will get it.

60 - . and by so doing you become more closely attached to the higher self. Your evil circumstances are created or attracted by your own negative. which never distrusts. When the letter was given to him had he said to himself. but picture what is wanted as already yours. and it is the mental habit of so dreading them that really acts as a magnet in attracting those that really do come. Most of our troubles are but imaginary. just ask yourself. We will say a wife gives her husband a letter to mail. which self do I mistrust? Then say: my higher self cannot be affected. Never think you will not succeed. Do you ever feel distruct{sic} in yourself? If You do. LESSON XV CONCENTRATE SO YOU WILL NOT FORGET A man forgets because he does not concentrate his mind on his purpose. at the moment the instruction is given. to stop and think. and yours it surely will be. "I will mail this letter. by discovering that which is inherent within yourself. hence we must first deepen our impressions by associating in our minds certain ideas that are related to them. He does not think about it. fears and wrong thoughts. You will find it helpful in overcoming self-distrust. instead devote the time and concentrated thought in how to make the best of the interview or event and you will find that it will not be as unpleasant as you thought it would be. We remember only that which makes a deep impression. Then think of the wonderful powers of the higher self. and it is a delight for the human soul to do so. you will not forget it. but automatically puts it in his pocket and forgets all about it. The same rule holds good in regard to more important things. if. why you are. if you are instructed to drop in and see Mr. Note: Self-Distrust. you say to yourself something similar to the following: . The box is at the next corner and when I pass it I must drop this letter. Smith while out to luncheon today. There is a way to overcome all difficulties.A Caution. and are a means of teaching you to triumph over all evils. especially at the moment he conceives it." it would have enabled him to recall the letter the instant he reached the mail box. Instead of wasting precious thought-force by dreading or fearing a disagreeable interview or event. concentrating your forces. For example.

. But there are very few who realize that when we get in touch with nature we discover ourselves. just as our other senses bring us into touch with the coarser side of human nature. Concentrate your attention on this picture. "So called" civilization has over developed our other senses at the expense of this one. The important thing to do is to deepen the impression at the very moment it enters your mind. observe every detail.61 - . middle ground. Close eyes again and notice how much more accurate your picture is. with that curious. Think of objects in foreground. whether it is a good subject." In this way the impression is made. The closer we live to nature the more developed is this sense. so that each one will reinforce the others. background. inner sense of ours. not only by concentrating the mind upon the idea itself. Note: Nature is a Wonderful Instructor. instead of failing you at crucial moments. Now open your eyes and hold yourself rigidly to the correction of each and every mistake. the attention is easily centered and the memory easily trained. becomes a valuable asset in your every-day work. such as the law that ideas which enter the mind at the same time emerge at the same time. This is made possible. in accordance with the laws of association. Exercise in Memory Concentration. put it on a table and then look at it for two minutes. Practice until your mental image corresponds in every particular to the original. Think of what the picture represents. the connection established and the sight of the associated object recalls the errand. of details of color and form. for it brings us into close contact with the highest. The mind is governed by laws of association. The reason why people cannot remember what they want to is that they have not concentrated their minds sufficiently on their purpose at the moment when it was formed. You can train yourself to remember in this way by the concentration of the attention on your purpose. Few realize that the simple act of listening and concentrating is our best interior power. on my way to luncheon. When once you form this habit. we learn the oneness of life and wake up to our own latent powers. I shall turn to the right and call on Mr. one assisting in recalling the others."When I get to the corner of Blank street. then shut your eyes and see how much you can recall about it. whether it looks natural. Then your memory. Select some picture. but by surrounding it with all possible association of ideas. Smith. That by listening to her voice.

apparently listening. An author thinks his plot. has been the cause of all the world's true progress.62 - . holds it in his mind. leaning on his elbow. of doing so. A child instinctively but unconsciously knows when he needs help.though he tries his hardest -. then you will see. and illumination comes. and it." but few ever reach the state where the mind is steady enough to fathom these depths. perhaps. concentrated thought is more ." which accomplished such wonderful things. You will soon be conscious that you have latent powers within capable when once developed of revealing to you priceless knowledge and unlimited possibilities of success. Every instinct of man leads to thought. LESSON XVI HOW CONCENTRATION CAN FULFILL YOUR DESIRE "It is a spiritual law that the desire to do necessarily implies the ability to do. therefore. All great people concentrate and owe their success to it." You have all read of "Aladdin's Lamp. The one who diagnoses in this way seldom makes mistakes. It would be wrong for the Infinite to create wants that could not be supplied. All natural desires can be realized. Many have glimpses of "that something. but it illustrates the fact that man has within him the power. of course.he will pause and keep quite still. is only a fairy story. waits. This. to gratify his every wish. when allied to those mysterious powers which perhaps transcend it. if he is able to use it. he must be quiet and concentrate. if you are watching. Man should have plenty of everything and not merely substance to live on as so many have. and gets to some knotty point which he finds himself mentally unable to do -. Man's very soul is in his power to think. and then waits. The doctor thinks over the symptoms of his patient. sudden illumination come and he goes on happily and accomplishes his task. In the silence we become conscious of "that something" which transcends thought and which uses thought as a medium for expression. listens for the inspiration. though quite unconscious.Children unconsciously realize the value of concentration -. If you want to be able to solve difficult problems you must learn to do the same. is the essence of all created things. and in every thought there is great possibility because true thought development.for instance: When a Child has a difficult problem to solve. If you are unable to satisfy your deepest longings it is time you learned how to use your God-given powers. Silent.

The cause of failure is that men search in the wrong direction for success.63 - . Around this thought. By the law of concentration you can achieve your heart's desire. No one should give up when there is always the resources of Infinity. Shut every other thought out of consciousness. You will find that each day as you focus your forces on this thought at the center of the stream of consciousness. The weakling is controlled by conditions. The strong man controls conditions. It is from this source alone that he ever gains the power to solve his practical difficulties. This law is so powerful that. By this law what you at first see as a dream becomes a reality. Form the habit of thinking of something you wish to accomplish for five minutes each day. But the Infinite helps only he who helps himself. You can be either the conqueror or the conquered. This image becomes a thought-seed that attracts thoughts of a similar nature. There is no such thing as a Special "Providence. you group or build associated thoughts which continue to grow as long as your desire is keen enough to compel close concentration. for speech distracts from the focusing power of the mind by drawing more and more attention to the without. little by little. new plans. Man must learn more and more to depend on himself. A great aid in the development of concentration is to write out your thoughts on that which lies nearest your heart and to continue. There is a law of attraction that will help you accomplish your . The Infinite within is foreign to those persons who go through life without developing their spiritual powers. make up your mind that all obstacles that are in your way will be overcome and you can rise above any environment. that which at first seems impossible becomes attainable. to seek more for the Infinite within. You do this by utilizing the natural laws of the thought world which are all powerful. because they are not conscious of their real powers that when used are capable of guiding them. ideas and methods will flash into your mind. Remember that the first step in concentration is to form a Mental Image of what you wish to accomplish. to add to it until you have as nearly as possible exhausted the subject. Be confident that you will succeed." Man will not receive help from the Infinite except to the extent that he believes and hopes and prays for help from this great source. Concentrate on What You Want and Get It.potent than spoken words. when it is once planted in the imagination or creative region of the mind.

for you will have found happiness through awakening within yourself the power to become the master of circumstances instead of their slave. the destructive forces. in time. but he wants to know what others think. Never allow these to become associated with your thoughts. say. The same thing is true in all lines. if in harmony with your higher nature. He starts out to seek ideas and he soon finds plenty of books. you plant the thought-seed which begins working in your interest and. They are ever present and ready to aid those who care to use them. although when he started he was not aware of their existence. give them a trial. The inventor has to work out his idea mentally before he produces it materially. In ten years he has built up a large and profitable business.purpose. but once the silent unseen forces are put into operation. but. etc. they will bring results so long as we do our part. for instance. There were times when it did not look like he could weather the storm. "I want to do this. plans. The way will be open for me. you gradually make a pattern or mold which in time will materialize. He . but there are many who forget others and their rights. but only as you bring your forces into harmony with that law that requires that we mete out justice to fellow travelers as we journey along life's road.belief that he would succeed and hard work. By forming a strong mental image of your desire. Every object. So first think over the thing wanted and if it would be good for you to have. I am going to work to secure it. in their anxiety to achieve success. Very often we seem to receive help in a miraculous way. gets to thinking along a certain line. An advertiser. that desire." If you fully grasp mentally the thought of success and hold it in mind each day. on the subject. must first be mentally created. You will find they will work out. It may be slow in coming. Life will then seem very different to you.. We can attract those things that will help us. But by all means keep free from doubt and fear. All good things are possible for you to have. instead of condemning them.64 - . He attributes his success to two things -. will materialize. I know a man that started in business with thirteen cents and not a dollar's worth of credit. even absurd. every enterprise. He has formed his own ideas. To the beginner in this line of thought some of the things stated in this book may sound strange. The architect first sees the mental picture of the house he is to plan and from this works out the one we see. It may seem that it would be unnecessary to caution you to concentrate only upon achievement that will be good for you and work no harm to another. At last you will create the desired conditions and receive help in many unlooked-for ways that will lift you out of the undesired environment. designs.

Just put forth the necessary concentrated effort and you will be wonderfully helped from sources unknown to you. By concentrating on each step as you go along. Sometimes he would not receive their check until the last mail of the day of the extension. But by keeping up a bold front he got an extension of time when needed.65 - ." LESSON XVII IDEALS DEVELOPED BY CONCENTRATION Through our paltry stir and strife. When he had heavy bills to meet he would make up his mind that certain people that owed him would pay by a certain date and they always did. you can save a lot of waste steps and will be able to choose a straight path instead of a roundabout road. You must have the mental image if you are to produce the material thing. Remember the mystical words of Jesus. and upon the ideals we picture depends our ultimate success. All things of this world are to you just what you think they are. but rarely has he been disappointed. And longing molds in clay. You are responsible for every condition you go through. either consciously or unconsciously.was being pressed by his creditors who considered him bankrupt. Your happiness and success depend upon your ideals. it is a valuable lesson. Remember this. and I have known him to send out a check with the prospect of receiving a check from one of his customers the following day. what life Carves in the marble real. They would have taken fifty cents on the dollar for his notes and considered themselves lucky. Everything is first created in the mind. You receive divine ideas and shape them to your individual needs. pray as if ye had already received and ye shall have. The next step you take determines the succeeding step. When you control your thoughts you become a creator. He would have no reason other than his belief in the power of affecting the mind of another by concentration of thought for expecting that check. ~ Lowell ~ We often hear people spoken of as idealists. Glows the wished Ideal. the Master: "Whatsoever thing ye desire when ye pray. The fact is we are all idealists to a certain extent. When absolutely necessary for him to raise a certain sum at a certain time he always did it. .

Life is but one continuous unfoldment. If you had just thought a second of what a wellpoised person implies you would not have become angry. Why do so many men fail? Because they don't hold to their ideal until it becomes a mental habit. Through concentration we work out our ideals in physical life. One can be broken. Therefore realize the importance of holding to your ideal until it becomes a reality. to use . but not the other. We cannot hear them with mortal ear. The laws of matter and spirit are not the same. In this way the grandest thoughts come to us. as you please. He knows them so cannot plead ignorance." Ideals are reflected to us from the unseen spirit. Something takes place that upsets you completely and you lose your temper. You lose your poise when you forget your ideal. If persons could only realize that they can only injure themselves. Therefore. To the extent that ideals are kept is your future assured. Why does he break them? Because he does not pay attention to those ideals flashed to him from the Infinite Spirit. He has brought it upon himself by disobeying the laws of nature.66 - . You get up in the morning determined that nothing will make you lose your temper. When they concentrate on it to the exclusion of all other things it becomes a reality. if you want a bright future. Your future depends upon the ideals you are forming now. What is meant is his ideals change. but to everyone. This is your ideal of a person of real strength and poise. For the time being you forget your ideal. you must begin to prepare for it today. You become like a rudderless boat on an ocean. "I am that which I think myself to be. Each time we allow our ideals to be shattered we also weaken our will-power. not to you or me alone. It was never intended that man should suffer. but from the silence they come as if they were dreams. that when they are apparently injuring others they are really injuring themselves. Your past ideals are determining your present. Don't forget this. it all depends upon how we entertain those silent whisperings that come from we know not where.Concentrate Upon Your Ideals and They Will Become Material Actualities. Every time you change your ideal you think differently. Holding to your ideals develops will-power. what a different world this would be! We say a man is as changeable as the weather. and you can be happy every step of the way or miserable.

No one spoke up. or not appreciated. he said. persistent thought. This was not a case of tactful politeness. He must climb. Each inventor gave a short talk on something he thought would be accomplished in the future. criticise yourself. So search not in treasured volumes for noble thoughts. No man gets over a fence by wishing himself on the other side. monotonous life by merely wishing himself out of the rut. One inventor spoke of the possibilities of wireless telephone. would shortly be annihilated. materialize. as inventors like to argue. or going backward. Don't think that you are neglected. He thought we would soon be able to talk to the man in the submarine forty fathoms below the surface and a thousand miles away. but within. He must climb. Think hard about the fact that men who have got what you envy got it by working for it. but a case where no one present really doubted that the inventor's vision would. . You know that the only thing in the world that you have got to count upon is yourself. No man gets out of the rut of dull. Distance. Don't pity yourself. and bright and glowing vision will come to be realized now and hereafter. consistent. in the future. or not understood. Note: You must give some hours to concentrated. When he got through he asked if there were any that doubted what he said.67 - . If you are standing still.or abuse. there is something wrong. LESSON XVIII MENTAL CONTROL THROUGH CREATION I attended a banquet of inventors recently. tiresome. You are the man to find out what is wrong. Such thoughts are the thoughts of failure. Many very much needed things were spoken of. You must study yourself and your weaknesses.

and once aroused. desire and command that it be strengthened. The person at the head does not have to exactly outline to the others what steps to take. Picture him in the position you would like to see him in. He could not be in such surroundings and be satisfied to do anything but his best work. Now. but in case yours is the stronger personality they will carry them out the same as if you had spoken them. think of this person as becoming successful. The writer tries to convey something he thinks the receiver will be interested to know. If you are anxious that some friend or relative should succeed. Sometimes just the addition of a word or two will change a letter of the matter-of-fact style to one that compels a response. It is not always what is actually in a letter. but he must possess the mental power of control over others.These shrewd men. if we can make an instrument so wonderful that we can send wireless messages a thousand miles. At least one person is needed to direct all toward the desired end. all thought we would in time be able to talk to those a thousand miles away without media. some real geniuses. think of his shortcomings which belong to his negative nature as being replaced by positive qualities. is there any reason why we should not through mental control transmit messages from one person to another? The wireless message should not be as easy to send as the projected thought. That intangible something that defies analysis is the projected thought of the master that brings back the harvest that it claims. A business will succeed only to the extent that the efforts of all are co-ordinated towards one result. In this way he awakens a responsive spirit. These influences will be so dominating that employees will be partly controlled by them and so you will profit more and more by your mental powers and depend on them to draw to you all forces of a helpful nature. but all work to bring about the very best results. You can in this way arouse his mental powers into activity. Take a certain part of the day to send him thoughts of an up-building nature. The day will come when all business will employ highly developed persons to send out influences. But we should not always claim success for ourselves only. they will assert themselves and claim their own. They will receive these unconsciously.68 - . A finely organized company secures the combined effort of all its men. If he has a weakness. but the spirit which it breathes that brings results. Everyone feels he must do his best. The whole atmosphere is impregnated with a high standard of workmanship. This is being done even today. You will be constantly sending out suggestions to your employees and friends. commonplace way today. An up-to-date business letter is not written in a casual. They may be each doing a different kind of work. .

but associate with only older people. This enables them to help each other. they could have been employers of more commanding influence than those whom they serve. If the environment of your place of business is not helpful. the mental powers weaken. As a business grows. The mind becomes narrow. there is a latent power more potent than physical force. In concentrated mental control. Often employees are superior to their employers in some qualities. are affected by the mental forces of our environment. By his power to control. The same is true of older persons if they associate with people younger than they are. which directs and influences . It is this that goes to make up a perfect organization. the greater the things accomplished in the future.We can accomplish a great deal more than many of us are ready to believe by sending to another our direct. he inspires confidence in those associated with him. The bigger the attempt undertaken. All employers should aim to secure employees that think along similar lines. which would be utterly impossible if they were not in sympathy with each other. We never stand still. it will be harmful. They take on the spirit of youth. We either advance or decline. which somehow furnishes an impetus to do something worth while. They will work in fuller sympathy with each other. they will take on the actions of the older people. Like attracts like all over the world. Every business must not only command physical effort but it must also command thought effort. They will better understand each other. The mind cannot be freed from the forces of a place. He must advance and be ever the guiding influence. No person was ever intended to live alone. There is no one that can remain neutral to influences.69 - . Living alone often causes some of the milder forms of insanity. but whether a man is a success or not is greatly determined by the way he acts on the suggestions he receives. The person becomes aware that the attitude of the mind has a power of controlling. directing and governing other forces. Every time we accomplish something it gives us ability to do greater things. positive and controlling suggestions of leadership. if they had studied. and. If children do not play with those their own age. There must be co-ordination of thought. Through your mental power you can generate in another enthusiasm and the spirit of success. All of us no matter how strong we are. instead of neglected their development. The thought element plays a great part in our lives. If you wish to retain your youth you need the influences of youth. He has been placed in an attitude capable of acquiring that which he desires. That is why a change of position will often do a person a great deal of good. the head of the business also has to grow. If you are shut up with only your own thoughts you suffer from mental starvation.

He wants persons that have faith in themselves. . The result is that they accomplish much. They are then not trained. All great leaders must be able to inspire this co-operative spirit. No doubt those that fill it out think it is foolishness. each one is like a spoke in a big wheel. This inspires confidence in themselves and they soon become efficient and. but your mental forces are shaping their work. but have no bad business habits to overcome. If your business is conducted in the right spirit. They profit by their combined effort. finally. skilled workers. He wants them to realize that when they talk of misfortunes and become blue they are likely to communicate the same depressing influence to others. There is a firm I know that will not hire an employee until he has filled out an application blank. They are just as certain to produce results as any physical force in nature. They are at once started on the right road. The up-to-date business man of the future is going to take pains to get his employees to think and reason better. There is time that instead of being wasted he will endeavor to have them use in concentrated effort that will be profitable to both employer and employed. They are more easily guided and grasp the new methods more effectively because they are not contrary to what they have already learned. you can instil your thoughts and your ideas into your employees. but it is not. There must be more of the spirit of justice enter into the business of the future. every moment spent in bad company is attracting to you all that is bad. is attracting influences that must be shaken off before you can advance. The main thing he wants to know is the applicant's capacity for efficient co-operative effort.them toward the one end. They don't know it. They first secure assistance through their mental control.70 - . they are working toward a single purpose. A capable manager can look over this application blank and pretty nearly tell if this person will fit into his management. You must realize that every moment spent in thinking of your difficulties of the past. Soon there is a close bond between them. Each member carries his own load. The up-to-date manager wants to guard against hiring employees who will obstruct his success. Many firms prefer to hire employees that never worked before so that they have nothing to unlearn. and he would not think of shirking. They then make their assistants realize the value of mental control. Instead of each person being a separate unit. Your methods and ideas become theirs. Anyone working in such an atmosphere could not help turning out his best work. He will not want them to become depressed or discouraged. and as they co-operate readily they receive the mental support of the management in learning the methods that have been perfected.

strengthen your will.71 - . In starting to do anything. Since these are all controlled by the Will. pure of thought. whether we live up to our highest standard. No one can call it forth for you. just as you would strengthen your muscles by athletic exercises. Simple exercises will be given. You can make your Will a dynamo to draw to you untold power. There is a wonderful power in the thought rightly controlled and projected and we must through concentration develop this power to the fullest possible extent. we should find time for plenty of exercises for training of the will in our daily life. The attitude we take has a great deal more to do with our success than most of us realize. Each day or week they are in a different department. charitable in opinion. or unjust. You must also realize that to do this requires effort that you alone can command. learn more about it. intimate life. Our knowledge of these is to be wonderfully increased.Most big business firms today employ efficiency experts. if we want to command these higher powers and forces which will unquestionably direct the lives of countless future generations. They earn their money because they familiarize persons with very little business experience with plans that has taken the "expert" years of training and much money to perfect. We must be able to generate those forces that are helpful. and use it. We must believe in mental control. "In no respect. It is impossible to estimate the ultimate good to be derived from the mental cultivation that comes through these attempts at concentration. realize that your will should be trained. forbearing in overlooking other's shortcomings. LESSON XIX A CONCENTRATED WILL DEVELOPMENT New Method. You will find in this chapter a most effective and most practical method of developing the will. "can a man show a finer quality of will-power than in his own private. You. We are surrounded by many forces of which we know but little at present. we must first commence with elementary principles. of course. The Will decides whether we will be just. if practiced. . Exercises are given which will." writes Doctor Oppenheim. You can develop a strong one if you want to. Each year we learn more about these psychic forces which are full of possibilities of which we are not even dimly conscious." We are all subjected to certain temptations. Even the simple exercises are not to be thought useless.

To be successful in these exercises you must practice them in a spirit of seriousness and earnestness. I can show you how to train your will, but your success depends upon your mastery and application of these methods. New Methods of Will-Training. Select a quiet room where you will not be interrupted; have a watch to determine the time, and a note-book in which to enter observations. Start each exercise with date and time of day. Exercise 1 Time decided on. Select some time of the day when most convenient. Sit in a chair and look at the door-knob for ten minutes. Then write down what you experienced. At first it will seem strange and unnatural. You will find it hard to hold one position for ten minutes. But keep as still as you can. The time will seem long for it will probably be the first time you ever sat and did nothing for ten minutes. You will find your thoughts wandering from the door-knob, and you will wonder what there can be in this exercise. Repeat this exercise for six days. 10 P. M. 2nd Day. Notes. You should be able to sit quieter, and the time should pass more quickly. You will probably feel a little stronger because of gaining a better control of your will. It will brace you up, as you have kept your resolution. 10 P. M. 3rd Day. Notes. It may be a little harder for you to concentrate on the door-knob as perhaps you had a very busy day and your mind kept trying to revert to what you had been doing during the day. Keep on trying and you will finally succeed in banishing all foreign thoughts. Then you should feel a desire to gain still more control. There is a feeling of power that comes over you when you are able to carry out your will. This exercise will make you feel bigger and it awakens a sense of nobility and manliness. You will say, "I find that I can actually do what I want to and can drive foreign thoughts out. The exercise, I can now see, is valuable." 10 P. M. 4th Day. Notes. "I found that I could look at the door-knob and concentrate my attention on it at once. Have overcome the tendency to move my legs. No other thoughts try to enter as I have established the fact that I can do what I want to do and do not have to be directed. I feel that I am gaining in mental strength, I can now see the wonderful value of being the master of my own will-force. I know now if I make a resolution I will keep it. I have more self-confidence and can feel my selfcontrol increasing.

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10 P. M. 5th Day. Notes. "Each day I seem to increase the intensity of my concentration. I feel that I can center my attention on anything I wish. 10 P. M. 6th Day. Notes. "I can instantly center my whole attention on the door-knob. Feel that I have thoroughly mastered this exercise and that I am ready for another." You have practiced this exercise enough, but before you start another I want you to write a summary of just how successful you were in controlling the flitting impulses of the mind and will. You will find this an excellent practice. There is nothing more beneficial to the mind than to pay close attention to its own wonderful, subtle activities. Exercise 2 Secure a package of playing cards. Select some time to do the exercise. Each day at the appointed time, take the pack in one hand and then start laying them down on top of each other just as slowly as you can, with an even motion. Try to get them as even as possible. Each card laid down should completely cover the under one. Do this exercise for six days. 1st Day. Notes. Task will seem tedious and tiresome. Requires the closest concentration to make each card completely cover the preceding one. You will probably want to lay them down faster. It requires patience to lay them down so slowly, but benefit is lost if not so placed. You will find that at first your motions will be jerky and impetuous. It will require a little practice before you gain an easy control over your hands and arms. You probably have never tried to do anything in such a calm way. It will require the closest attention of your will. But you will find that you are acquiring a calmness you never had before. You are gradually acquiring new powers. You recognize how impulsive and impetuous you have been, and how, by using your will, you can control your temperament. 2nd Day. Notes. You start laying the cards down slowly. You will find that by practice you can lay them down much faster. But you want to lay them down slowly and therefore you have to watch yourself. The slow, steady movement is wearisome. You have to conquer the desire of wanting to hurry up. Soon you will find that you can go slowly or fast at will. 3rd Day.

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Notes. You still find it hard to go slowly. Your will urges you to go faster. This is especially true if you are impulsive, as the impulsive character finds it very difficult to do anything slowly and deliberately. It goes against the "grain." This exercise still is tiresome. But when you do it, it braces you up mentally. You are accomplishing something you do not like to do. It teaches you how to concentrate on disagreeable tasks. Writing these notes down you will find very helpful. 4th Day. Notes. I find that I am beginning to place the cards in a mathematical way. I find one card is not completely covering another. I am getting a little careless and must be more careful. I command my will to concentrate more. It does not seem so hard to bring it under control. 5th Day. Notes. I find that I am overcoming my jerky movements, that I can lay the cards down slowly and steadily. I feel that I am rapidly gaining more poise. I am getting better control over my will each day, and my will completely controls my movements. I begin to look on my will as a great governing power. I would not think of parting with the knowledge of will I have gained. I find it is a good exercise and know it will help me to accomplish my tasks. 6th Day. Notes. I begin to feel the wonderful possibilities of the will. It gives me strength to think of the power of will. I am able to do so much more and better work now, that I realize that I can control my will action. Whatever my task, my will is concentrated on it. I am to keep my will centered there until the task is finished. The more closely and definitely I determine what I shall do, the more easily the will carries it out. Determination imparts compelling force to the will. It exerts itself more. The will and the end act and react on each other. 7th Day. Notes. Now try to do everything you do today faster. Don't hurry or become nervous. Just try to do everything faster, but in a steady manner. You will find that the exercises you have practiced in retardation have steadied your nerves, and thereby made it possible to increase your speed. The will is under your command. Make it carry out resolutions rapidly. This is how you build up your self-control and your self-command. It is then that the human machine acts as its author dictates.

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You certainly should now be able to judge of the great benefit that comes from writing out your introspections each day. Of course you will not have the exact experiences given in these examples, but some of these will fit your case. Be careful to study your experiences carefully and make as true a report as you can. Describe your feelings just as they seem to you. Allow your fancies to color your report and it will be worthless. You have pictured conditions as you see them. In a few months, if you again try the same exercises, you will find your report very much better. By these introspections, we learn to know ourselves better and with this knowledge can wonderfully increase our efficiency. As you become used to writing out your report, it will be more accurate. You thus learn how to govern your impulses, activities and weaknesses. Each person should try to plan exercises that will best fit his needs. If not convenient for you to practice exercises every day, take them twice or three times a week. But carry out any plan you decide to try. If you cannot devote ten minutes a day to the experiments start with five minutes and gradually increase the time. The exercises given are only intended for examples. Will Training Without Exercise. There are many people that do not want to take the time to practice exercises, so the following instructions for training the will are given to them. By willing and realizing, the will grows. Therefore the more you will, the more it grows, and builds up power. No matter whether your task is big or small, make it a rule to accomplish it in order to fortify your will. Form the habit of focusing your will in all its strength upon the subject to be achieved. You form in this way the habit of getting a thing done, of carrying out some plan. You acquire the feeling of being able to accomplish that which lies before you, no matter what it is. This gives you confidence and a sense of power that you get in no other way. You know when you make a resolution that you will keep it. You do not tackle new tasks in a half-hearted way, but with a bold, brave spirit. We know that the will is able to carry us over big obstacles. Knowing this despair never claims us for a victim. We have wills and are going to use them with more and more intensity, thus giving us the power to make our resolutions stronger, our actions freer and our lives finer and better. The education of the will should not be left to chance. It is only definite tasks that will render it energetic, ready, persevering and consistent. The only way it can be done is by self-study and self-discipline. The cost is effort, time and patience, but the returns are valuable. There are no magical processes leading to will development, but the development of your will works wonders for you because it gives you self-mastery, personal power and energy of character. Concentration of the Will to Win. The adaptability of persons to their business environment is more a matter of determination than anything else. In this age we hear a good deal of talk about a man's aptitudes. Some of his aptitudes, some of

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or leave it out to freeze at night. or mix water with the gasoline. may be developed to a wonderful extent. your only real property. Many have felt this force working within them. One thing I want you to realize at the start. or drive it furiously over rough roads. It is not thought. while at this work. at times. It is most useful to the worthy. We are all conscious. Ability is very plentiful. This driving force is within all. to conserve their energy and they must be taught to work in harmony with others. that we have somewhere within us an active driving force that is ever trying to push us onward to better deeds. It is the force that makes the will concentrate.76 - . but we do know that it is what intensifies the will in demanding just and harmonious action. but they profited by their efforts in different directions. If somebody gave you a five thousand dollar automobile you would take very good care of it. whereas had they refused to adjust themselves to their environment. your own health. My one aim in all my works is to try and arouse in the individual the effort and determination to develop his full capacities. It is easy to get employees. It springs up naturally without any thought of training. as it is the will to do that counts. Note: The ordinary human being. merely as merchandise. Concentrating on Driving Force Within. and this fitted them for higher things. It is a quality of the soul and therefore it has a consciousness all its own. the tide of progress would have swept them into oblivion. but he is really an unknown quality until all his latent powers are developed to their highest possible extent. emotion or feeling. but to get someone to train them is harder. driving them on to accomplish their tasks. but until you reach a certain stage you do not become aware of it. Their abilities must be directed to the work they can do. It comes unprovoked and leaves unnoticed.his powers. would be worth ten thousand dollars. if he could be sold as a slave. It is that "force" that makes us feel determined at times to do something worth while. as well as you would take care of a five thousand dollar automobile if it were given to you? . his highest possibilities. There are many successful men. Just what this force is we do not know. but organizing initiative and creative power are not plentiful. that did not succeed well at what they first undertook. It is the "I will do" of the will. They must be shown how. He may be a failure in one line and a big success in another. Are you quite sure that you take care of your own body. You wouldn't put sand in the carburetor. All great men and women become conscious that this supreme and powerful force is their ally in carrying out great resolutions. for most business concerns are dominated by a single personality. This driving force is something distinct from thought or emotion. that it is not so much ability.

because those that lack this great power or.The man who mixes whiskey with his blood is more foolish than a man would be if he mixed water with gasoline in his car. That is a foolish man treating himself as he would not treat any other valuable piece of property. The man who misses sleep lives irregularly -. and men of sixty. you should be able to acquire the habit of concentration in such measure as to greatly improve your work and increase your happiness. I have tried to make these lessons practical and I am sure that many will find them so. Each man must study and solve his own problem. Of course the mere reading of them will not do you a great deal of good. Do you try to talk with men and women who know more than you do.bolts his food so that his blood supply is imperfect. any one of whom could get out of it and be counted among the successful men if only the spark could be found to explode the energy within them now going to waste. running along in the old rut. I again want to impress you with the inestimable value of concentration. and then re-read it. But remember the best instruction can only help you to the extent to which you put it into practice. you cannot get another body. then if applicable to you. and do you LISTEN rather than try to tell them what you know? There are a hundred thousand men of fifty. but. . stop and think about it. LESSON XX CONCENTRATION REVIEWED In bringing this book to a close. I have found it an excellent idea to read a book through first. repeat it over and over. In this way you can form the habit of picking out all the good things you read and these will have a wonderful influence on your character. rather that fail to develop it. and when you come to an idea that appeals to you.77 - . that you will be impressed by it. will generally suffer from poverty and unhappiness and their life's work will most often be a failure. You can get another car. while those that develop and use it will make the most of life's opportunities. if the exercises are practiced and worked out and applied to your own individual case.

So never think it a difficult task. instead of performing most of your work unconsciously or automatically. "Opportunity knocks at every man's door. it does not seem so disagreeable. I want to impress you to concentrate on what you do. The will is just the same whether you act as if it were weak or as if it were strong. People differ in the power to concentrate because some are unable to Will to hold the thought in mind for the required time. The amount of determination used determines who has the strongest will. No one's is stronger than yours. Just use your latent powers and it is yours. nothing more or less. until you have formed habits that give you the mastery of your work and your life powers and forces." All men are not born with equal powers. Anything within the universe is within your grasp. "One thing at a time. Never say "I can't concentrate today." You can keep your thoughts from straying.In this closing chapter. don't blame it on your will and say it is weak. "I can't. for without it you would be unable to say or do anything. Study those that have been failures and you will often find that lack of concentration was the cause. "I can. You are not utilizing your will." It requires the same amount of effort. They always blame someone else instead of themselves for their lack of success." You can do it just the minute you say "I will. When once you realize this fact.78 - . We get what is coming to us. but it is the way they are used that counts. Think of this whenever you go against a strong opponent." Everyone is capable of some concentration. . you can train the will to concentrate on anything you wish. If it wanders. it is your fault. Very often the hardest part of work is thinking about it." Those that are successful hear the knock and grasp the chance. This is the experience of many when they first commence to learn how to concentrate." When you act as if it were weak you say. but undertake it with the "I Will Spirit" and you will find that its acquirement will be as easy as its application will be useful. Read the life of any great man. You are aided by both visible and invisible forces when you concentrate on either "to do" or "to be. and that done well Is a good rule as I can tell. When you get right into it. and you will generally find that the dominant quality that made him successful was the ability to concentrate. just the same as you can control your arms. The failures believe that luck and circumstances are against them. When you act as if your will is strong you say. in each case. But.

" The big mistake with so many is that they don't realize that when they say "I can't. Their enthusiasm will inspire and enlighten you. You then do consciously what you have before done unconsciously. you have this courage all the time and it is not necessary to have a special occasion reveal it to you.79 - . that you may become in rapport with those that think thoughts that are worth while.those great things which words cannot express. in working out the highest destiny of which you are capable." You only use as much as you have trained yourself to use. In this way you note mistakes." say instead. Don't waste your time in foolish reading. I am going to shut out all thoughts that weaken or interfere. it is for you to decide whether you will join the army of "I can't" or "I can. "I am going to choose my own thoughts. So remember. You now realize that. An Experiment to Try. Others think "I can" and succeed." You can not tell what you can do until you try. you must concentrate. My Will is as strong as anyone's else. for. My object in so strongly impressing this on your mind is to make you aware that the same courage. While going to work the next morning. Hold fast to them always. You cannot realize your possibilities until you commence to direct your mind. and to hold them as long as I choose. You have at times been in a position that required courage and you were surprised at the amount you showed. A number of exercises and all the needed instruction has been given. Keep this up for a month and you will find you will have a better opinion of yourself. in order to make your life worthy. "I won't try. Before going to bed tonight. Final Concentration Instruction. when once you arouse yourself. Whenever you feel like saying. All foreign thoughts can be kept out by willing that they stay out. These are the factors that make you a success. . Select something that is inspiring. repeat this over. overcome bad habits and perfect your conduct. Concentration is nothing but willing to do a certain thing. "Can't" means you will not try. It now remains for you to form the highest ideal that you can in the present and live up to that ideal. and you will then sense what is between the lines -. you are really saying that you refuse to try. Now. "I possess all will and I can use as much as I wish. Never say you cannot concentrate.Some men get in the habit of thinking "I can't" and they fail. the same determination that you show at certain exceptionable times you have at your command at all times. It is a part of your vast resources. Use it often and well. useful and happy." they really say. "I can't. that make me timid. and try to raise it. Let your spirit and the spirit of the author commune. when you do. Read slowly and concentrate on what you are reading. repeat.

Concentrating on the Higher Self. See how long you can sit still and think on one subject without interruption. for with these qualities you can mold external materials and conditions. Hang on to that thought ceaselessly until you have attained your object. Remember first. Keep in mind that some day you are going to leave this world and think of what you will take with you. If you have studied yourself carefully you should have a good line on yourself. last. When you work. Study yourself. Now start from this minute. This will assist you to concentrate on the higher forces. These are of course important and I don't want you to think they are not. to act according to the advice of the higher self in everything you do. action and work. If these are what they should be. or the art of turning all your power upon just one point at a time. Anyone that is not happy does not claim their birthright. Associate yourself with people who are steady. only those inherent and acquired qualities and conditions within the mentality -your character. or any part of your body. Read long articles and recall the thread of the argument. Most of us only try to master the external conditions of this world. conduct and soul growth -. patient and tireless in their thought. If you do. Study yourself carefully and you will see yourself as you really are. We think our success and happiness depends on us doing so. steadily and connectedly. Find Your Strong Points And Make Them Stronger As Well As Your Weak Ones And Strengthen Them. Right thinking and right Living necessarily results in happiness.Pay constant attention to one and one thing only for a given time and you will soon be able to concentrate. but I want you to realize that when death comes. Never form the hurry habit. and should be able to make the proper interior re-adjustments. Do not ramble. Think before you speak and direct your conversation to the subject under discussion. The secret of accomplishment is concentration. Talk slowly.will go with you. Every day he rolls around means one less day for you on this planet. Father Time keeps going on and on. Whenever you feel tempted to disobey your higher promptings. Assume static attitudes without moving a finger or an eyelid. you need not be afraid of not being successful and happy. let your mind dwell steadily on your task. and it is therefore within your power to obtain happiness.80 - . and always. Read books that treat of but one continuous subject. its ever harmonious forces will necessarily insure to you a successful fulfilment of all your life purposes." . hold the thought "My-higher-self-insures-to-me-the happiness-of-doing-that-which-best-answersmy-true-relations-to-all-others. but be deliberate in all you do.

The all consuming fires are gradually purifying all discordant elements. If you choose to work contrary to the law you will burn in its crucible. that when developed and utilized are of assistance to you and others. Hold the thought: "I-will-live-for-my-best. happiness-and-power-to-help-others. The right in the end must prevail. We should try to secure a true conception of what we really are so as not to over value the external furnishings. therefore-only-the-best-can-come-to-me. instead of wasting our time dwelling on some trifling external quality or defect. The more we become conscious of the presence of the higher self the more we should try to become a true representative of the human soul in all its wholeness and holiness. self-knowledge. You can assist in the working out of the great plan of the universe and thereby gain the reward. More of this type of material can be found on our Downloads and Links Page “Enlightenment is Remembering” . you shirk your duty. You will then not surrender your dignity or self respect. when others ignorantly make a display of material things to show off.You possess latent talents. so I want you to learn to concentrate intelligently on becoming in harmony with your higher self. I-act-from-thehigher-self. and you will be the loser and suffer from the consequences. Others will also be worse off if you do not fulfil your obligations.81 - . THE END This has been presented by Ashlie Books We endeavor to make available inspiring and useful works that are otherwise not easily acquired. or you can work against the great plan and suffer the consequences. Only the person that realizes that he is a permanent Being knows what the true self is. But if you do not properly use them. When you have aroused into activity your thought powers you will realize the wonderful value of these principles in helping you to carry out your plans. I-seekwisdom.

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